A Valsad court on Tuesday acquitted a Sanskrit student and teacher of charges of raping his underage daughter.
According to the prosecution, a 14-year-old girl from Valsad, who was born in Bihar, filed a rape complaint against her father at the concerned police station on July 10, 2020.
In her complaint, she claimed that for the past two years and at different time intervals, she was sexually molested by her father.
On the complaint, the police registered an offense under Sections 376(2)(f), (h), 354(a) and Sections 4, 6 and 8 of the POCSO Act and arrested the girl’s father on July 10, 2020 from his home.
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The police conducted medical examinations for the girl and her father at Valsad Civil Hospital. The girl was kept in the Children’s Protection Home in Dongre in Valsad.
The indictment sheet contained nine witnesses and 24 documentary evidence. The accused was sent to judicial custody in Navsari prison after being detained by the police. The trial of the case began at KJ Modi’s Second Additional District Judge’s Court in Fabi.
On Tuesday, the court acquitted the teacher of all charges against him for lack of evidence. The court order stated: “The prosecution failed to prove the charges against the accused before the court.”
The complainant’s feelings of animosity turned during her testimony before the court.
Defense attorney Bilal Sheikh Indian Express, “After seeing the details of the case, I spoke to the authorities of the school, where he has been studying for the past 17 years. The complainant told the court that her father did not. She also told the court that she was angry with him and filed a complaint out of frustration.”
He added, “The teacher told me that his daughter was expelled from school and then kept vigil over her. Perhaps this would have prompted her to take such a step against her father.”
Court Prosecutor Fabi Anil Tripathi said: “The complainant changed her statement during her testimony before the judge. We have requested a certified copy of the court order and we will follow up on the matter and then we will decide our future steps.”