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Bollywood actor sentenced to three years for torturing 12-year-old maid

Kiran Sonawane, Hindustan Times  Thane, December 23, 2012
First Published: 01:29 IST(23/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:30 IST(23/12/2012)

Small-time Bollywood actor Huma Khan was sentenced to three years in prison by a court in Thane for assaulting and torturing a minor girl who worked as a house help at her house at Pune.

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On Friday, additional sessions judge AS Waghwase handed out the sentence to the 42-year-old actor on charges of abducting and subsequently torturing the 12-year old for eight months in 2007. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs. 12,000.

The police had arrested Khan in 2008 along with another accused Shamsuddin Sheikh, who allegedly raped the girl several times. The court, however, acquitted Sheikh for want of sufficient evidence.

The incident took place in 2007, when Reshma, a Nepalese national, used to work as a house help with Khan at her residence in Mira Road.

In June 2007, Khan moved to Pune. Khan took Reshma’s minor daughter along with her to Pune without informing the mother.

There the girl was assaulted and made to do all household chores, for which Khan would send Rs. 1,500 to her mother every month.

One day the girl jumped from the balcony of Khan’s house and travelled to Mira Road. There she told her family about the torture after which they lodged a complaint against Khan.

Government counsel advocate Hemlata Deshmukh said, “We are expecting a higher quantum of punishment in the case. We will appeal in the higher court against this verdict.”

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