The case has received prominent coverage in state media, including on national broadcaster CCTV Thursday, highlighting what is believed to be a widespread but underreported crime affecting millions of children in China.
“The accused claims to make amulets for curing ailments. The victim’s family had brought her to the baba, who then asked the family to leave the room while he made an amulet for the girl,” an officer said.
"The boy alleged the first incident took place on July 27. Around 1.45 pm, the three students, his seniors, called him and asked him to sit on their lap. One of them allegedly molested him. He rushed back to his seat,” a senior police officer said.
According to the family, the boy told his mother that the three boys had been touching his private parts in the bus. She alleged: “He told us he complained to the teacher but she did not take him seriously.”
The police added that on Thursday evening, after the girl fell asleep, Ugale touched her inappropriately. But the alleged assault came to light when the girl and her family got off at Goregaon and she began crying.
The theatre management had passed on the CCTV footage to Childline, which in turn handed it over to police. As police delayed action, the footage was released to a TV channel on Saturday, which forced police to act swiftly.
"At the time of the incident, the accused was 21 years of age. Usually, such mistakes happen in the said age. The trial has run into seven years which was a constant burden on the accused and a punishment in itself," the judge said.