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Doctor couple charged under sec 6 of POCSO Act

  • If convicted will face 20 years imprisonment

Guwahati: The POCSO Court has framed charges against a doctor couple under Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 for allegedly abusing and torturing their 4 year old adopted girl child. The couple will face imprisonment for a minimum of 20 years extendable upto life imprisonment if convicted. The male doctor is gastrointestinal and advanced general surgeon and his wife is a psychiatrist.

The male doctor has been charged under Section 6 of the POCSO Act and Section 376 AB of the IPC while the female doctor has been charged under Section 6 of the POCSO Act, as well as Sections 326A and 376 AB of the IPC. The additional charges both doctors faced are under Sections 466, 471, and 370 (5) of the IPC. Also both doctors are charged under Sections 75, 80 & 81 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. Along with the doctor couple, the POCSO Court has also framed charges against two domestic helpers under Section 21 of the POCSO Act and under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act. The Court has also framed charges against Utpala Basu, who had supplied two children to the doctor couple under Section 75/80/81 of the Juvenile Justice Act and Section 370 (5) of the IPC. The male doctor was apprehended from his Hatigaon residence on May 5,2023 while the female doctor was arrested from the Khanapara area on May 6, 2023. Both remain in judicial custody as the legal proceedings continue.

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According to the police they had received information that a 4 year old girl hands were tied at a pole and she was crying incessantly. The police reached the spot and rescued the minor girl. During interrogation the doctor couple admitted that they had tied the child to the pole on terrace as punishment for the child being dis-obedient. The couple also admitted hitting the minor girl with iron rod and pouring hot water over the body as punishment.