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Mumbai: Court orders perjury proceedings against teenager

Thane: Taking serious view of a teenage girl‘s false complaint against her father charging him of rape, a district court here has ordered perjury proceedings against her.

Special Judge Mridula V K Bhatia, on Thursday, also acquitted her father from the charges of rape levelled against him under Prevention Of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

The judge in her order wanted the action on the girl to send a strong message to the society against the misuse of the POCSO Act.

In 2013, the girl (then 16) had complained to the police that her father had molested and raped her in their house at Navi Mumbai.

However, in her deposition she told the court that she had filed a false complaint against her father due to a dispute among them.

Before ordering the proceeding, the judge, expressing displeasure over the false complaint by the girl said, “the complainant has undoubtedly misused the provisions of POCSO Act and lodged a false complaint against her own father, thereby causing him grave hardship, mental agony and trauma. He has spent close to three years in jail owing to serious allegations levelled against him.”

PTI