When 'Semen' became 'Semman' (red soil colour in Tamil): How a typo during trial contributed to the acquittal of a POCSO accused

Among the more alarming defects noticed in this case arose out of an error made by a typist during the trial, when the word "semen" was written as "semman", which is a Tamil word that means red soil colour.
Madras High Court
Madras High Court

While setting aside the acquittal of a man charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a child aged two years and nine months, the Madras High Court recently emphasised that in such cases, the onus to rebut a presumption of guilt is on the accused, as under Section 29 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), 2012 (Prema v. State).

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