A SPECIAL court acquitted a 20-year-old man in connection with a rape after the victim and her mother were not traced during the trial. Mohammed Rafique Shaikh was arrested by Vakola police for allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl in 2015.
According to the prosecution, on January 18, 2015, the girl was sleeping with her mother in their house when the woman, who is the complainant in the case, woke up with the child’s voice. She saw a man running out of the house. The child told her that the man had tried to sexually abuse her. The victim’s mother, who is a nurse, checked the private parts of the girl and noticed injuries. Since the accused had run away by then, she could not trace him. The woman then approached the police and gave a description of the accused based on what she had seen.
An FIR was registered under Section 376 (rape) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Shaikh was booked by Vakola police after he was arrested in another case of sexual abuse. In the other case, Shaikh who worked with a tailor, had allegedly sexually abused the one-year-old child of his employer.
Advocate Anil Jadhav, who represented Shaikh, had submitted before the court that he had been falsely implicated in the case after being booked for another only on the basis of suspicion. “The police had submitted a report before the court during the trial stating that they were not able to trace the victim and her mother, who is the complainant in the case,” Jadhav said. Shaikh is behind the bars facing trial in connection with the sexual abuse of the one-year-old.