A local court on Monday convicted the mother and uncle (husband of mother’s sister) of a minor for sexual exploitation and criminal conspiracy against her and sentenced them to three and four years of jail, respectively.
The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 6,500 on the minor’s uncle, Surinder Singh, alias Shinda, while a fine of Rs 3,500 on her mother.
The two have been held guilty under Sections 354A (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 292 (sale of obscene books etc), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The duo was acquitted under Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC and 66A (sending obscene material through computer or communication device) of the IT Act.
An FIR was registered on January 10, 2015, based on the complaint filed by the victim herself at the Sector-17 police station.
The court adjudged that the mother and uncle of the minor, who later on became major, were supposed to protect her, but they did otherwise, making the offence severe.
- At a family gathering in 2011, the victim’s uncle tried to molest her. Her mother ignored her complaints.
- In September 2014, the uncle gave the victim a DVD with an objectionable video of him and the victim’s mother.
- In November 2014, the victim herself complained to the police about her situation.
On November 7, 2014, the victim complained that her father was made to leave his own house in the year 2009. Being too young, the victim and her brother could not understand the circumstances in which he was made to leave.
On the eve of Lohri at her house in 2011, her uncle tried to molest her. When she complained to her mother about this, she simply ignored it by saying that the culprit was ‘just like her father and a father can hug and kiss his daughter’.
This repeated in the family gatherings or party at home in 2012 and 2013 too. The victim’s mother, who was enamoured of the uncle, used to thrash the victim, saying that she is unnecessarily accusing him, who is providing all the amenities to their family.
On September 30, 2014 when the complainant was alone at her residence, the uncle handed over a DVD to her, carrying an objectionable video of him and her mother, and threatened that it will be made public if she refuses to establish physical relations with him.