A Delhi court has acquitted a man accused of raping an eight-year-old girl in 2010, observing that elders are "misusing" minors for their own interest by lodging false cases.
Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar also said that people should not be allowed to lodge false case as it causes harassment and damages the honour of children.
"It is very shameful that elder are misusing minors for their own interest and benefits, which should be frustrated and should not be allowed to lodge such type of case merely on their interest...," the court said and observed there was no injuries over the victim's body.
The judge acquitted northeast Delhi resident Sabir by giving him "benefit of doubt".
According to the prosecution, the incident took place on August 15, 2010, "when the minor was flying kite on her roof and the accused had asked her to bring tobacco packet for him. He then misbehaved with her and raped her in a room."
The girl's parents lodged a case against Sabir. He however, told the court that there was enmity between the two families.