Bihar: Two-year-old child charged with molesting 35-yr-old woman

Bihar: Two-year-old child charged with molesting 35-yr-old woman
In a bizarre case, a two-year-old has been charged with molesting a 35-year-old woman in Bihar’s Motihari district.

A woman, in the FIR lodged at the Patahi police station in East Champaran, has not only charged the toddler with outraging her modesty but also snatching gold chain.

However, according to Section 82 of the Indian Penal Code, a child below the age of seven cannot be prosecuted simply because no act by such a child can be considered an offence.

The toddler is now so terrorised that he remains confined to his room after he was told that police would soon arrest him and his father.

His father (name withheld on his request) has been running from pillar to post to get the toddler’s name deleted from the FIR.

The woman, who has lodged the complaint, is believed to have done so due to enmity with the toddler’s family.

The child’s father met the station house officer of Patahi police station Narendra Kumar but all his pleas went in vain.

“The SHO, in turn, suggested me to surrender in the court at the earliest,” he said.

The SHO, however, denied being vindictive.

He said when an FIR is lodged, the age of the accused will not be mentioned.

“After I heard the case, I suggested to the aggrieved person to meet senior police officers,” Kumar said.

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