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‘Godman’ gets a year for molesting woman

A 67-year-old alleged godman has been sentenced to a year in jail by a Delhi court for molesting a woman on the pretext of curing her ailment.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Suresh Chand Rajan gave convict Madan Lal one year of jail term, reducing it from two years on grounds of his old age and other factors. ‘Considering the age of appellant/convict (Madan), his family background and medical history as well as the period of trial and incarceration, I reduce the sentence awarded by the trial court.

The sessions court’s order came on Madan’s appeal against the magisterial court’s June 2012 decision, which had given him two years’ jail term and had imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on him for molesting the woman.

Madan was arrested by the police in June 2004 on the complaint of the woman, a resident of military officers’ servant quarters in Delhi Cantonment, that in garb of curing her stomach ailment, Madan had come to her house and had molested her. She said he had also threatened her with dire consequences if she informed the police or revealed the incident to anyone. The woman had told police that she had contacted Madan Lal for treatment on her neighbours’ advice that he was a ‘baba’ (godman), who used to treat such ailments. The counsel for Madan, however, had opposed the contention saying she, in collusion with her neighbour, had falsely implicated his client due to a property dispute.
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