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Man gets a year in jail for molesting woman

A man has been sentenced to a year in jail by a Delhi court for outraging the modesty of a woman after entering her ‘jhuggi’ during night, when she was asleep with her husband.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Vijay Kumar Dahiya sentenced Delhi resident Ganju, while upholding his conviction by trial court but reducing his jail term from two years to one.

The court refused to let off Ganju on probation saying he does not deserve the leniency as his offence ‘pertains to moral turpitude’.
‘In the present case, accused (Ganju) tried to outrage the modesty of a lady in the dead of the night and fled away.

‘The offence involved in the present case pertains to moral turpitude and does not call for any leniency; therefore Ganju does not deserve to be released on probation of good conduct,’ ASJ Dahiya said. The sessions court’s order came on Ganju’s appeal against the magisterial court’s January 2012 decision awarding him two years of jail term for outraging the woman’s modesty.

Ganju was arrested by the police in May 2006 after the victim lodged a case with the police alleging that she was molested by the accused on the night of May 18-19, 2006.

The prosecution alleged that the complainant was asleep in her jhuggi along with her husband when she felt someone was groping her body. Realising that it was not her husband, she woke with a start and screamed for help, following which the the accused fled away, the prosecution added.

Ganju’s counsel had challenged the prosecution’s version of the incident saying the woman had not shouted for her husband to help her but rather for her mother-in-law. The ASJ, however, brushed aside the contention saying the accused had admitted to being inside the jhuggi at the time of the incident.
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