20-year-old misuses POCSO Act, accuses uncle of molestation

Updated on Feb 13, 2017 12:38 AM IST

The woman claimed that Papachand and his wife threatened her and locked her in the house after she complained

After 11 months in custody, the Dindoshi sessions court granted bail to Robert Papachand, a driver from Malwani, after the complainant admitted that she was not a minor.(HT File Photo)
After 11 months in custody, the Dindoshi sessions court granted bail to Robert Papachand, a driver from Malwani, after the complainant admitted that she was not a minor.(HT File Photo)
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

A 20-year-old woman misused the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, to falsely implicate her 36-year-old maternal uncle in a molestation case.

After 11 months in custody, the Dindoshi sessions court granted bail to Robert Papachand, a driver from Malwani, after the complainant admitted that she was not a minor.

The Malwani police had registered a case against him on March 2, 2016, after the woman accused Papachand of molestation. He was arrested on March 3. The woman alleged that her uncle had tried to force himself on her over the past few days.

She claimed that Papachand and his wife threatened her and locked her in the house after she complained.

The Malwani police filed a charge sheet without attaching proof of the complainant’s age.

They said the girl did not provide any despite several requests. Papachand sought bail twice, which was rejected by the court, which stated that he may have tried to influence or threaten the complainant.

In November 2016, Papachand filed another bail application. This was accepted by the court on January 21.

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    Charul Shah is senior reporter covering the legal beat for Hindustan Times. She has spent over a decade in the industry covering criminal investigations and judiciary from Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

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