Man jailed for molesting minor

New Delhi: A Delhi court has sentenced a man to two years in jail for outraging the modesty of his employer’s minor daughter.

Additional Sessions Judge Madhu Jain sentenced Aatik Alam after holding him guilty of outraging the modesty of the five-year-old daughter of his employer, a tea stall owner, but acquitted him of the charges of raping the victim.

The court also set off Alam’s sentence against the jail term already undergone by him during the trial.

“In view of the testimony of PW-1 (victim), PW-2 and PW-10 (parents) which is further corroborated by the medical evidence… of the victim and the FSL report, the prosecution has been able to establish a case under section 354 (assault with intent to outrage modesty of woman) of the IPC against accused (Alam).

“He is sentenced to undergo imprisonment for the period already undergone by him,” the court said.

The prosecution case dated back to September 9, 2010. It was registered on the complaint of minor girl’s mother that Alam, who used to work as a helper in her husband’s tea shop in South Delhi and used to stay in the shop, had taken her daughter to a nearby railway track and had raped her.

Alam was arrested by the police the same day. The court, however, acquitted Alam of rape charges on the basis of medical evidence.

“In such circumstances, the factum of rape of the victim cannot be said to be proved,” the judge said.

During the trial, Alam had refuted the allegations, saying his employer had implicated him in a false case out of suspicion.