CHENNAI: In two different cases, a special Pocso Act court here sentenced two men to undergo imprisonment for 20 years for sexual assault on children aged 5 and 7 years. Both the culprits were neighbours of the children.
M Rajalakshmi, sessions judge for exclusive trial of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, cases, pronounced both judgments on January 23.
In the first case, the 29-year-old man lured the 5-year-old at Peravallur in September 2021 and raped her. The child’s mother, who was separated from her husband, found the child crying and lodged a complaint with the all-women police. He was charged with offences punishable under Section 6 of POCSO Act. He has now been given 20-year jail term, along with 15,000 fine.
In the second case, a 27-year-old man lured the 7-year-old with chocolate and raped her on August 23, 2018. The child’s mother lodged a complaint with all-women police, Teynampet. Besides Section 6 of the Pocso Act, the man was charged under Section 366 of IPC for kidnap. The children were both given 5 lakh as compensation along with the fine amount imposed on the convicts.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)