A 36-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to three-year imprisonment for flashing at two minor girls. The accused had stripped and made obscene gestures at the girls while they were on their way to school. The two girls, who were classmates studying in Class X, chased the accused and caught hold of him till the police arrived at the spot and arrested the man.
According to the girls’ deposition before court, they were studying in a municipal school in the western suburbs of the city. One of the girls said that on the day of the incident on November 15, 2016, she along with her friend were walking to school at around 11am, when they saw a man in black t-shirt approach them. He then unzipped his pants and made obscene gestures towards them, stated the girl’s deposition in court.
The girls told the court that they were initially scared but decided to catch hold of him. They caught him by the collar and with the help of another classmate, who also deposed before the court, they managed to get hold of the convicted man. One of the girls then called her mother on the phone and after her arrival, they approached the police. A complaint was lodged at Nirmal Nagar police station against the accused.
The special designated court under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act sentenced the man to three-year imprisonment on Friday under Section 354 (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of POCSO Act.