Harassment of minor on train: Relatives demand watertight case

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Harassment of minor on trainRelatives demand watertight caseBHOPAL: Parents of 10-year-old survivor who was sexually harassed by a law graduate on a train between Jabalpur and Bhopal on March 16 have alleged police have not made a watertight case against the accused. Alleging loopholes, family of the survivor in a letter to the police on Tuesday urged that the two accomplices of the accused also be booked under the same sections and other sections of IPC be added against the three.

Accused Piyush Dubey, a resident of Indore, was arrested after the train pulled into Itarsi junction past midnight. Two friends, who accompanied him, Alok Mishra also a resident of Indore and Mahiraj Singh Sisodia, a resident of Bhopal, were arrested under the Excise Act.

Accused had boarded Narmada Express from Jabalpur allegedly in an inebriated condition when the incident took place. The three were caught and beaten up by angry passengers and handed over to GRP personnel when train reached Itarsi station.

Dubey was booked under sections for outraging modesty and Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

Survivor’s advocate Rajshree Pandey told TOI, “My client has given applications to Government Railway Police (GRP) and Aishbagh police stations for booking accused under requisite sections.

The two friends of Dubey must also be booked under the POCSO as they were accomplice of Dubey in the crime. Initial complaint application filed by survivor’s mother also stated the same.

Dubey has been booked under Sections 7 and 8 of POCSO while technically all three of them should be booked under Section 16 of POCSO Act, 2012. We will move court if police do not register a proper case against them”, she said.

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