A Padma awardee from Assam has been booked by the police for allegedly raping an adopted minor girl.
The Assam police has registered a case against the Padma awardee under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO).
According to the FIR, the victim accused her foster father sexually harassed her for a year.
Meanwhile, the accused has been granted interim bail by the Gauhati High Court.
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The Assam police has registered a case against the Padma awardee based on a complaint from a chief judicial magistrate who was briefed by the district legal services authority (DSLA).
“We cannot comment on the matter as it is sub judice. However, investigation in the case is underway,” police informed.
While granting bail, justice Arun Dev Choudhury said that the alleged offence by the accused was “serious in nature”.
Meanwhile, the victim is currently lodged in a children’s home, under special police protection.