[POCSO Act] Holding hands of minor girl, saying her hands are beautiful not sexual assault: Meghalaya High Court

Single-judge Justice W Diengdoh held that the intent of the accused is relevant in such cases and an offence of sexual assault will not be made out unless there is sexual intent.
Meghalaya High Court
Meghalaya High Court

The Meghalaya High Court recently held that the act of a man holding the hands of a minor girl, stroking it and saying the same is beautiful, wouldn't amount to the offence of sexual assault under the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act unless there was sexual intent on his part [Mohammad Saimullah vs State Of Meghalaya].

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