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Pune: Badminton coach arrested for molesting 14-year-old player

The alleged incident took place on Saturday at 10 am and the FIR in the case was registered Saturday evening

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: October 4, 2021 5:32:52 pm
A Pune court has remanded the accused in police custody till Monday.

A 36-year-old badminton coach was arrested for allegedly molesting and sexually harassing a 14-year-old badminton player at a sporting facility in Pune.

The alleged incident took place on Saturday at 10 am and the FIR in the case was registered Saturday evening. The teenage player is the complainant in the case.

According to the FIR, the accused, who has been coaching the complainant for some time, asked her to keep the shuttle box in the gymnasium locker and followed her into that area. He started asking her about her absence for some of the coaching sessions and started telling her she has a promising future ahead, the FIR stated.

On the pretext of shaking her hand, he pulled her towards himself and inappropriately touched and hugged her, the FIR stated. As she freed herself from his arms and walked away, he tried to stop her again by holding her hand, the minor said in her complaint.

A sub-inspector who is investigating the case, said, “After the incident, the girl told her mother about it. They approached us and registered an FIR, after which the coach was placed under arrest.”

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The coach has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 354 (assault with intent to outrage modesty of woman), 354A (sexual harassment), 354D (stalking) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

A court has remanded the coach to police custody till Monday.

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