Om Prakash vs State on 5 June, 2017

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* IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI

RESERVED ON : JUNE 01, 2017
DECIDED ON : JUNE 05, 2017.

+ CRL.A. 212/2015

OM PRAKASH
….. Appellant
Through : Ms.Rakhi Dubey, Advocate.

versus
STATE
….. Respondent
Through : Ms.Manjeet Arya, APP.

CORAM:
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE S.P.GARG

S.P.GARG, J.

1. The appellant -Om Prakash impugns a judgment dated
18.11.2014 of learned Addl. Sessions Judge in Sessions Case No. 159/2013
arising out of FIR No. 402/2013 PS Vasant Kunj South by which he was
held guilty for committing offence punishable under Section 10 of POCSO
Act (In short ‘Act’). By an order dated 26.11.2014, he was sentenced to
undergo Rigorous Imprisonment for six years with fine `10,000/-; default
sentence being Simple Imprisonment for six months.

2. Briefly stated, the prosecution case as reflected in the charge-
sheet was that on 18.09.2013, at around 01.30 p.m. at Jhuggi Shankar Camp,
Rangpuri Pahari, the appellant sexually assaulted the prosecutrix ‘X’

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(changed name) aged around four years. The incident was conveyed to PCR
at 01.44 p.m. and DD No.17A (Ex.PW-4/E) came into existence at PS
Vansant Kunj. It was informed that a girl aged around six years has been
sexually assaulted at Shankar Camp, Rangpuri Pahari, Vasant Kunj. The
investigation was assigned to SI Satinder who along with Constable Hukam
Chand went to the spot. After recording statement of complainant (Ex.PW-
2/A), the Investigating Officer lodged First Information Report. ‘X’ was
taken for medical examination. The appellant was arrested and medically
examined. Statements of the witnesses conversant with the facts were
recorded. Upon completion of investigation, a charge-sheet was filed against
the appellant. In order to establish its case, the prosecution examined nine
witnesses. In 313 Cr.P.C. statement, the appellant denied his involvement in
the crime and pleaded false implication. The appellant’s wife Geeta Devi
appeared in his defence as DW-1. The trial resulted in conviction, as
aforesaid. Being aggrieved and dissatisfied, the instant appeal has been
preferred.

3. I have heard the learned counsel for the parties and have
examined the file. The prosecutrix is appellant’s real daughter. Both her
parents used to consume liquor. Victim’s mother DW-1 (Geeta Devi) has
attempted to exonerate her husband of reasons best known to her. On the
day of incident, she was also lying in the jhuggi under the influence of
liquor, ignorant as to what was happening there. Apparently, both the
parents had not taken due care of the child and it is informed that at present
she is living at NGO home at Sangam Vihar.

4. PW-2 (Renu) was associated with an NGO Bal Vikas Dhara.
She along with others used to visit the area. As usual on 18.09.2013 at about

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1.30 p.m. Renu was present at her Mahila Panchayat office for a field visit in
Shankar Camp. She was informed by PW-3 (Ruksana), who lived in the
appellant’s neighbourhood that a child aged around six years was being
sexually assaulted by the appellant in the house. When Renu reached there,
she found that the appellant had put off his clothes; had also disrobed ‘X’
and was touching his private part upon her private part. He seemingly was
under the influence of liquor. So was the position of victim’s mother. Renu
made call at 100 on her mobile. In her complaint (Ex.PW-2/A), she give
graphic account of the occurrence and named the appellant for sexual assault
upon his own daughter.

5. ‘X’ was taken for medical examination at All India Institute of
Medical Sciences where she was medically examined vide MLC (Ex. A1).
Arrival time recorded in the MLC is 06.23 p.m. Renu has been shown to the
individual who had taken the child to AIIMS. The alleged history recorded
therein reveals that a child aged around six years was sexually assaulted by
her father. It was noted therein that her parents were drunk. Neighbours had
seen the father to commit sexual assault and had informed the police and
NGO. No external injuries were, however, noticed on her body.

6. In her 164 Cr.P.C. statement (Ex.PW-1/A) recorded on
19.10.2013 ‘X’ implicated the appellant. Before recording her Court
statement, the learned Presiding Officer had put various questions to
ascertain if she was in a fit state of mind to make statement. After recording
her satisfaction that ‘X’ was fit to make statement voluntarily, she recorded
‘X’s statement. The child informed that her father had made her to lie upon
him after putting off her underwear.

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7. At the time of her Court statement as PW-1, again, she was put
certain queries by the learned Presiding Officer to understand the victim’s
social, educational and psychological background. She was made
comfortable. Questions were put to ascertain if she was capable of
understanding and give rational answers thereto. After recording satisfaction
that the witness was capable to understand questions put to her and give
rational answers, her statement was recorded without oath. The witness had
brought a soft toy horse of while colour with her. When she was asked as to
what her father had done, the victim pointed out on her soft toy by pointing a
finger towards the rear below side stating that her father had put his finger
over there. She further revealed that her mother was present there. She added
that she had consumed liquor (‘usne daru pee hui thi’). She further revealed
that her father was also under the influence of liquor (unke naak se khun bhi
nikal raha tha). She reasoned that Masterni and Mummy had given beating
to him. To a specific question whether her father had taken off her
underwear, she answered in affirmative. In the cross-examination, she
elaborated that the toy used to remain with her always. When asked whether
her father used to love or beat her, she fairly said that he used to love as well
as beat her.

8. On scanning the child’s testimony, it transpires that she has
implicated her father for committing sexual assault upon her. No extraneous
consideration was imputed to the child for falsely implicating her own
father. Since the child was aged around four years, nothing more could be
expected from her.

9. Material and crucial testimony is that of PW-2 (Renu), aged
around 26 years, who had put the police machinery into motion. The

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moment she came to know about commission of crime by the appellant upon
her daughter, without wasting any time, she went to the spot and lodged the
complaint with the police at 100. She became the complainant; lodged the
FIR. In her court statement as PW-2, she proved the version given to the
police at first instance without any variation, whatsoever. She deposed that
on the day of incident she was attached with Bal Vikas Dhara, NGO at
Village Rangpuri, Mahipalpur, for the last about one year. On 18.09.2013 at
around 1.30 p.m. she as usual had visited Shankar Camp. When she reached
in front of Mahila Panchayat, Rangpuri office, officials of Mahila Panchayat
met her. They accompanied her for field visit in the area. There PW-3
(Ruksana), who was heavily drunk secretly told here at about 1.30/2.00 p.m.
about the crime being committed by the appellant in his jhuggi. She went to
the appellant’s jhuggi and noted that he had put off his lower clothes (lungi)
and had also put off the lower clothes of her daughter and had put her
daughter upon his private part and was under the influence of liquor. She
noticed the activities of the appellant ‘Usne (accused) ‘X’ ki kachchi utar
rakhi thi aur voh bachchi kae guptang se apne guptang se ched chad kar raha
that aur nasha sharab mein lag raha tha.’ Some public persons also gathered
at the spot. She made a call at 100. In the cross-examinaiton, she elaborated
that three other members of the NGO were also present there. Her office
was at a distance of about one and a half kilometer from the spot. She fairly
admitted that some ladies had slapped the appellant. Ruksana knew her for
the past one year as she was a regular visitor to the said area. She denied that
the appellant was falsely named at Ruksana’s behest who wanted to usurp
the appellant’s jhuggi.

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On scrutinizing the testimony of the independent witness, it
reveals that despite searching cross-examination, nothing material could be
extracted to suspect her version. She was the regular visitor to the area in
connection with the activities of NGO with whom she was associated. Her
presence at the spot was not denied. She was not familiar with the
appellant’s family and did not nurture any ill-will or animosity to falsely
implicate him. When victim’s mother due to consumption of liquor was
unaware as to what was being done by the appellant with her own daughter,
Renu reported the incident to the police to protect the honour of the child.
Her testimony cannot be suspected or doubted.

10. PW-3 (Ruksana) has supported the version given by PW-2
Renu in its entirety. She deposed about the information was given to Renu
by her on the day of incident. Again Ruksana had no axe to grind to falsely
rope in the appellant in the crime. Nothing has emerged if there used to
quarrels between Ruksana and appellant’s family on any specific issue.
Moreover, for the petty issues, Ruksana is not expected to level serious
allegations of sexual assault. She herself did not inform the police; rather
she was informant to PW-2 (Renu).

11. In 313 statement, the appellant did not give plausible
explanation to the incriminating circumstances appearing against him. DW-
(Geeta Devi) attempted to exonerate him alleging that a quarrel had taken
place with Ruksana’s son to whom the appellant had given beatings.
Ruksana thereafter came and gave blow on the face of her husband as a
result of which he started bleeding from the nose. Subsequently, she in
connivance with the members of the NGO falsely implicated her husband.
The defence deserves outright rejection. Nothing has emerged on record if

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any such quarrel has taken place on that day in which Ruksana had
criminally assaulted the appellant. No report to the police about any such
quarrel was made. The appellant did not get himself medically examined.
No such suggestion was put to the prosecution witnesses in the cross-
examination. It is pertinent to note that it was her own daughter which was
being sexually assaulted. It was her duty to take proper care of the victim.
She abdicated her responsibility under the influence of liquor and did not
bother as to what crime was being committed by her husband.

12. The learned Trial Court has discussed all the relevant aspects.
The conviction based upon fair appraisal of evidence deserves no
intervention and is confirmed.

13. Since the crime committed by the appellant with her own tiny
daughter is serious, no reasons exist to take lenient view to modify the
sentence order which is based upon fair reasoning.

14. The appeal lacks in merits and is dismissed. Trial Court record
be sent back forthwith with the copy of the order. A copy of the order be
sent to the Superintendent Jail for information.

(S.P.GARG)
JUDGE
JUNE 05, 2017/sa

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