(Picture source- Tribuneindia)
An 87-year-old husband and his 81-year-old wife have been charged with 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for sexually abusing a 4-year-old neighborhood child.
The couple has been convicted under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences ( POSCO) Act.
The court presided by special judge Rekha N Pandhare convicted the couple ten years of jail with Rs. 1 lakh fine. The conviction was held based on the testimonies of the child and her mother.
The special court observed that the accused couple who is at the age of the victim's grandparent had to take care of her instead of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child.
As per the child's and her parent's statement to the police, the child went to play with her friends on the 4th floor of the building on September 4, 2013. While coming back to her own home, the old couple whom she referred to as 'dada' and 'dadi' called her.
The child said that they made her sit on a swing and both of them started behaving inappropriately. When the child opposed the act they slapped her face and sexually assaulted her repeatedly.
The child shared the incident with her mother. After it, her parents filed a complaint with the police against the old couple. They got arrested the next day.
Based on the testimony by the victim and her family, and the medical report, the special court convicted the couple after 7 years of the incident.