Army jawan sentenced to 5 years in jail for sexual assault on fellow soldier’s minor daughter

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A General Court Martial (GCM) conducted in Goa has found an Army jawan guilty of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old daughter of a fellow soldier. The court has sentenced him to five years of rigorous imprisonment and dismissal from service.
This court martial, which concluded on October 25 at a military station in Goa, has convicted the jawan on charges of aggravated sexual assault against the child under Section 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act).
The incident occurred on July 31, 2022, when the accused jawan molested the minor daughter of a fellow soldier, who was posted in the same unit. The assault took place while the girl was playing with other children. The accused also took the minor girl to a nearby ATM room, where he further assaulted her. The incident was witnessed by the girl’s siblings and other children, who provided testimony during the trial. CCTV footage from the ATM room was also presented as evidence.
The court martial determined that the prosecution had proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt and found the jawan guilty of both charges.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) Dakshin Maharashtra and Gujarat Sub Area convened this court martial, with proceedings commencing on August 30. Colonel Prabhu presided as the officer of the GCM, and Capt Pooja Goyal served as the Judge Advocate. The prosecution counsel was Brigadier Janesh Khera (Retd).
This case follows a recent sentencing of an Army Major to five years in prison and dishonorable discharge from service by a court martial for violations under the POCSO Act. He was found guilty of sexually assaulting the minor daughter of a domestic worker.
In August of this year, an Army jawan was sent to Patiala central jail after Army authorities confirmed his court martial sentence of 20 years imprisonment on five charges under the POCSO Act, involving “committing a civil offense, specifically aggravated penetrative sexual assault.”