Nagpur: The District Judge-1 & Additional Sessions Judge M S Azmi on Tuesday sentenced Kishor Kamlakar Patil to 15 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for sexually exploiting a minor girl for three years. The court also convicted Patil for criminal intimidation and awarded one year (RI) to him.
According to the prosecution, Patil (45), who was working as a peon at an English medium school, sexually exploited a 13-year-old-girl from January 20, 2013 to December 17, 2016 in her house. The victim, who was a student of Std IX, narrated her ordeal to her teacher who immediately informed the principal. The victim’s mother rushed to the school after the principal called her on December 15, 2016. After the girl narrated how she was being sexually exploited by Patil and forced her to undergo pregnancy test thrice, her mother consulted a psychiatrist for counselling the victim.
The psychiatrist then advised the victim’s mother to lodge a police complaint against the culprit. With the assistance of a Child Line team member, the victim’s mother approached the Gittikhadan Police. On the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim’s mother, a case was registered under Sections 376 (2), 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), read with Sections 4, 5(n)(k)(l),(m)(n)(p), 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, against Patil on January 20, 2018. Police arrested Patil on January 21, 2018.
The then Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) Shalini Kinnake, who was the investigating officer, collected concrete evidence against Patil. PSI Kinnake also submitted electronic evidence in the court and chargesheeted Patil. As many as 12 prosecution witnesses were examined by the court. As the charges were proved against Patil, the court sentenced him to 15 years RI with a fine of Rs 15,000 for the offence under Section 376 (2)(f)(i)(j)(k) and (n) of the IPC, read with Section 6 of the POCSO Act.
The court also convicted Patil for the offence under Section 506 (Criminal intimidation) of the IPC and awarded one year RI with a fine of Rs 1000. Both the substantive sentences would run concurrently. Out of the fine deposited by the convict, if any, an amount of Rs 10,000 would be paid to the victim. The court also ordered that the case of the victim be referred to the District Legal Services Authority for grant of compensation under Section 357-A of the Cr.PC.
Assistant Public Prosecutor Adv Varsha Saikhedkar represented the State.