The third world legal system has taken a turn for the worse as a court in India has ruled that groping a minor girl “without touching her skin” is not sexual assault under the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
India’s attorney-general KK Venugopal has called the court order “disturbing” and says it sets a dangerous precedent.
In a shocking decision, The Indian Supreme Court upheld a decision of the Bombay high court (HC) which ruled that groping a minor girl without touching her skin did not amount to sexual assault under Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
As a result of the ruling, the court acquitted a man accused of groping a 12-year old girl.
India has abysmal human rights and sexual exploitation record. The country is rife child sex crimes and some are in fact exported globally in an ugly underground child sex gang.
An Indian high court acquitted him of this charge and held him guilty only under molestation punishable with one year under IPC Section 354.
The AG said, “The order is very disturbing and is likely to set a dangerous precedent.” He requested the court to take suo motu cognizance as he was in the process of filing a petition against the order.
In a judgment last week, Bombay High Court judge Pushpa Ganediwala found that a 39-year-old man was not guilty of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl as he had not removed her clothes, meaning there was no skin-on-skin contact.
According to court documents, the man brought the child to his house on the pretext of giving her guava in December 2016. While there, he touched her chest and tried to remove her underwear, according to the judgment.
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