The order was passed by the court on February 6 and a copy of it was made available on Tuesday Credit: Representational image

Mumbai: A special POCSO court here has denied bail to a man accused of molesting a five-year-old girl, saying even though the victim is a child, it cannot be said she is not aware of “good touch or bad touch”.

The order was passed by the court on February 6 and a copy of it was made available on Tuesday.

Special judge Bharati Kale, while rejecting the bail plea of the accused, said the victim has categorically stated that the applicant touched her and “she felt it was a bad touch”.

“The victim being small girl, it cannot be said that she is not aware about good touch or bad touch,” the court observed.

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The man, who is the victim’s neighbour, is accused of touching her inappropriately when she used to go to his house to play.

He has been booked under Indian Penal Code Section 354 (molestation) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Refuting the charges, the accused’s lawyer had argued that the victim, being a child, used to visit his house and it cannot be said that the applicant’s touch was a “bad touch”.

The prosecution contended that the victim is aware of the nature of the touch and specifically said it in the statement about the same.

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Finding merits in the prosecution’s arguments, the court rejected the bail plea of the accused.

“I find that the nature of accusations is serious and the applicant is alleged to have committed aggravated sexual assault,” the judge observed.

“In the circumstances, I do not find that the applicant is entitled for bail,” the judge said.

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