One-liner: The HC of Karnataka has held that a new charge under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act can be added to a criminal trial by the order of a Sessions Court judge.
Challenged: A man, facing charges under the IPC for offences of procuration of a minor girl, had challenged the II Additional District and Sessions Judge, Kolar, allowing the additional charge under Section 7 of the POCSO Act before the HC.
Proper: The prosecution had sought the alteration of charge for addition of offence under POCSO, under Section 216 of the CrPC, which is proper, the HC said.
Sexual intent: It also deals with any other act done with sexual intent which involves physical contact but without penetration.
Inappropriate touch: During the trial, the victim had testified that the accused had touched inappropriate places on her body leading the prosecution to seek to add the charge under POCSO Act.
Kidnapped: But, along with two other accused, he kidnapped her to get her married to the fourth accused.
Escaped: The girl escaped from their custody and a complaint was filed with the police. The accused, along with others, were charged under the IPC sections.
Trial: During the trial, based on the statements made by the girl, the prosecution sought the alteration of the charge and inclusion of offence punishable under the POCSO Act as well.