HYDERABAD: 26-year-old Maroju Satheesh from Gundala of Yadadri Bhongir district was convicted for harassing a teenager in the name of love and also threatening to kill her if she did not accept his proposal.
K Maruthi Devi, Judge, Special Court for POCSO cases at Bhongir sentenced Satheesh to undergo imprisonment for three years and also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on him.
The victim, who was then 17, got married a couple of years ago and has children. Despite this, she has given her statement in the court during the trial. Along with her evidence, her parents also deposed about the harassment, resulting in the conviction of the accused.
The accused and the victim belong to the same village and at the time of offence, both were in college when Satheesh started harassing the victim in the name of love. The victim’s parents informed the latter’s parents and warned him to stay away from the victim.
However, he continued harassing her forcefully tried to give her mobile so that he could keep in touch with her more often. But when when she refused, he threatened to kill her, after which a case was registered under sections 354(D), 506 of the IPC and 12 of the POCSO and he was arrested.
Subsequently, a charge sheet was filed and the court took up the trial. After completion of the trial, the court found him guilty and awarded him punishment.