Hyderabad: Hyderabad metropolitan session court on 17 February sentenced a 26-year-old man to 30 years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs. 4,000 for sexually assaulting a five-year-old girl in July 2018.

Azmath Khan, a resident of Golconda, was found guilty by the court under Section 5(m)(n) (penetrative sexual assault) and Section 42 (rape of any kid below 12 years of age) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO). He is the victim's uncle. For further compensation, the case has also been addressed to the District Legal Services Authority as the convict should pay compensation for the girl's mental and physical suffering.

On 29 July 2018, the girl’s grandfather caught Khan red-handed while he was sexually assaulting her. He filed a complaint at Asifnagar police station and the trial went to court as the accused denied his act.

Earlier this month, a 35-year-old auto driver was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for raping a seven-year-old-girl in 2018. The accused, identified as Mohammed Nayeem, was a regular auto driver who used to pick the girl from her school and drop her at her house. The accused, a resident of Murad Nagar, has been charged under Section 9 (m) and Section 10 (punishment for aggravated sexual assault on a child below 12 years of age) of the POCSO Act, and Section 354 (outrage to modesty) of the IPC.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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