Almost ten months after the arrest of police constable Chandrakant Pawar on charges of raping a minor girl, a sessions court on Wednesday convicted him but deferred till Thursday its order on quantum of sentence.
Special public prosecutor Raja Thackeray said that Pawar has been convicted of four charges under Section 357 (rape), Section 363 (kidnapping), Section 326 (assault) and Section 366 (abduction of women through abuse of official power) of IPC.
Thackeray also said that he has demanded harsh sentence, like the one delivered in Sunil More case.
Pawar is charged with molesting a 15-year-old ragpicker near Sahar police station on September 17 last year.
He was caught molesting the girl in an open space near the police station where he was posted in the wee hours of September 17.
An Airports Authority of India employee and some local people, including auto rickshaw drivers, caught hold of Pawar while committing the crime and handed him over to Sahar police station, which registered a case and arrested him.
The incident occurred after another police constable Sunil More raped a college girl in Marine Drive police outpost last year.
Police filed chargesheet against Pawar in December last year and he was also asked to vacate his official quarters in suburban Powai. He was then put on trial which lasted for six months.
This is the first rape case in which trial has been completed within six months.
Altogether 13 witnesses including investigating officer had been examined. Among other witnesses were the victim who lodged the complaint and her sister.