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Music teacher, 68, gets five-year jail term for molesting minor student

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The Alibaug sessions court on Saturday sentenced a 68-year-old music teacher to five years rigorous punishment for molesting a student in his private classes. Judge V.M. Mohite also imposed a fine of ₹10,000 on Tulsidas Gangadhar Pawar.

The incident dates back to December 30, 2015 when the 13-year-old victim reached early for her music class at Brahmanaali in Alibaug. Pawar, then 64, on the pretext of checking her notes, went near her and molested her. The victim, resisted his touch at which he reportedly named another 14-year-old student of his class and said he did the same to her too and there was nothing wrong in it. By then other students turned up and Pawar started teaching.

“When the girl’s mother came to pick her, the girl got into car, started crying and told her what happened. The mother went to the class and argued with him following which Pawar cancelled the next class. The argument was witnessed by a man who had accompanied a special child to the class. Though there was no witness to the crime, we had a witness to the argument which was a reaction of the crime,” Additional Public Prosecutor Ashwini Bandiwadekar Patil said.

After this, the mother and child went to the 14-year-old’s house and when confronted she revealed that the same had happened with her. Later, the victim’s mother registered a police complaint against Pawar and he was arrested. During the trial, six witnesses were examined including the man who had seen them argue. Ms. Mohite, convicted Pawar under Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

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