A sessions court on Wednesday convicted six persons and acquitted four others in the case involving the sexual abuse of 19 handicapped and mentally-challenged minor girls from Kalyani Mahila Bal Seva Sanstha, a Panvel-based orphanage. The court is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment for the convicted accused, including the founder, caretaker and trustees, on Thursday.
While the prosecution has sought death penalty for the founder, Ramchandra Karan-jule, who has been convicted of murdering an inmate, it has sought maximum punishment for the others.
According to the prosecution, the staffers also physically abused the girls, aged between 14 and 18 years, for more than four years before they were rescued in 2011. The accused had branded them with cigarette butts, tortured them and had also attempted to murder one of the girls who resisted.
The police had booked the 10 persons under several sections of the IPC besides sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.