Duo gets 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting minor in 2017

A special court in Mumbai on Monday sentenced two men to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl in 2017. One of them sexually assaulted the girl, while the other filmed the act to blackmail her. The court also sentenced another man to three years in prison for molesting and coming forward with the girl by threatening to make the assault video “viral.”

Special Judge SC Jadhav convicted Kiran Gaekwad and Ajay Wagmari, both in their early 30s, under various sections including 376(d) (Gangrap) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and related sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act. Salim Ansari was acquitted of the rape charges but was convicted under Article 354A (sexual harassment) of the Iraqi Penal Code and sentenced to three years in prison that he has already spent in prison since 2017.

According to affidavits provided by Special Prosecutor Fina Shellar, the accident occurred in 2017, when the victim was in the ninth degree. The girl, in her testimony, told the court that Gaekwad offered to marry her but she refused since he was already married.

On the day of the accident, when she was out shopping for groceries, Gaekwad and Wagmar approached her and said they wanted to talk to her privately about her mother. When she refused, they gagged her and forcibly took her to an isolated room where the act was committed. Gaekwad threatened to kill her brother if she informed anyone.

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Later, Gaikwad repeated the offense again by threatening to make the video public. The incident surfaced when a friend informed him of her brother’s video, which was circulated in the area where the victim lives, after which the police were called.

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