Old lady acquitted in trafficking case due to wrong investigation
An improper probe into a case of immoral trafficking and forcing minors into prostitution under the PITA act by the Thane police has resulted in the acquittal of a 60-year-old lady from Bhiwandi town of the district who was tried for it.
In his judgement the Thane Additional Sessions Judge AS Waghwase, dismissed the prosecution version and carried the defence of the accused and relived the accused Zarina Juja Ahmed Shaikh, a resident of Chotti Hanuman Tekdi, area of Indira Nagar Zopadpatti of the charges under the PITA Act. The prosecution told the court that on July 05, 2008, the Bhiwandi city police received a tip-off that the lady is forcing minors into prostitution at Indiranagar zopadpatti in the Hanuman Tekdi area. Accordingly, a raid was arranged and the necessary panchas and decoy customer were summoned who agreed to render respective services in the raid.
Rs 150 was handed over to decoy customer for handing over the same to the lady who conducted the business. Accordingly panch and decoy customer went to the informed premises and the decoy customer gave the signal as decided and the raid was carried out.
The accused was apprehended before the court as she was owner of the premises and had control over the girls and she had accepted the amount paid for sex, and the said amount was recovered from her, and seizure panchanama was drawn.
The girl selected by decoy customer turned out to be a minor. Another girl was also taken in custody. Both girls informed the police that the accused made them indulge in prostitution, the prosecution said.
(Posted on 15-05-2014)