For sexually harassing their classmate for nearly three years, which forced her to leave the school, two 15-year-old boys have been directed to perform community service in a gurdwara for the next three months.
As per the Juvenile Justice Board's order, the two juveniles would perform community service at a gurdwara from 5am to 6am, four days a week, for the next three months beginning April 15.
Sources said the teenagers could be asked to do service either in the joda ghar (store for shoes of devotees), langar hall (community kitchen) or help clean the gurdwara, depending on the gurdwara's management.
Seeking leniency, the juveniles' counsel had said they were Class-10 students.
The Juvenile Justice Board held, "The victim was emotionally affected and was forced to leave the school in which she was studying. She has for so many years lived with the idea that she was abused and was made to suffer. The guilty juveniles may be were not besotted with dishonest intention while doing the act, but at the same time, their act had long lasting repercussion on the life of the minor girl who has not yet recovered from the trauma. Moreover when parents send their children to school, it is a faith in the heart of every parent that their child would be safe and secure. This faith of a parent has been shattered. Even if the juvenility of convicted juveniles is looked into, the same has to be pitted against the agony, trauma and plight of minor girl and parents."
UT police on September 12, 2011, had got a complaint from parents of the victim, a student of a private school in Sector 45, alleging that his daughter was sexually harassed by four senior students of the school for three years, after they caught his daughter in the washroom.
The matter came to light after the victim started fainting regularly. She was subsequently recommended psychological help, and thereafter she detailed the entire incident to her parents in presence of school authorities, who failed to cooperate with her.
On account of non cooperation from school authorities, the parents reported the matter to the police.
Claiming false implication, the juveniles termed the allegations as victim's imagination.
Their counsel argued that prosecution had falsely implicated his clients, and she was falsely implicating the juveniles due to her inferiority complex.