Guwahati, Sept. 11: A sadhu, accused of molesting a woman in her house near Kamakhya temple, was acquitted by the court of the special judicial magistrate, Assam, recently.
Justice N.A. Ahmed passed an order on September 6, acquitting Sanjib Kumar of the charges framed against him under Section 354 IPC (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) for allegedly molesting a woman on June 3.
“As the prosecution failed to prove its case against the accused beyond all reasonable doubt, he is entitled to acquittal on benefit of doubt,” the order said.
The complainant had lodged an FIR against Kumar at Jalukbari police station on June 6, 2013, alleging that the sadhu had molested her inside her house where he was performing a puja for the welfare of her family.
She alleged that when she objected, the accused even tried to lure her in various ways.
After she told her husband about the incident, he and some others caught the sadhu and handed him over to the police. Police registered the case (number 421/13) under Sections 420 and 354 of the IPC.
The prosecution examined altogether five witnesses in the case. The court, however, found inconsistencies in the statements made by the complainant.
The court, in its order, said the woman’s statement was not consistent.
At one point of time, she said she reported the matter to her husband on the day the incident happened and then she said she told her husband about the incident later, the order says.
“Again, she says she filed the ejahar (FIR) on the day of the incident. However, during the later part of cross-examination she deposed that on the day of filing the ejahar, no incident took place with her. Her deposition is completely shaken during cross-examination, leaving us with room for doubt,” the order adds.