Murky use of POCSO for revenge?
A former French diplomat charged with raping his three-year-old daughter in India has been cleared of all charges. Some observers say that the Indian law Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) is becoming a tool for vendetta.
Pascal Mazurier, who was a consular official in the southern city of Bangalore, was arrested in 2012 after complaints from his Indian wife, who had approached an NGO claiming that he had raped her 3 year old daughter..
Mr Mazurier’s lawyer praised police for doing a “fantastic job” and told reporters the court issued its verdict after considering all the evidence.
His wife, Suja Jones Mazurier, has said she will appeal against the verdict.
She told an Indian television channel that his acquittal meant that her daughter “did not get justice”.
The verdict was announced by a special fast track Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) court, which had examined 27 witnesses during the course of the trial.
Mr Mazurier was arrested and held in the crowded Parapanna Agrahara jail for three days, before being released on bail for 100,000 rupees .
He had spoken out against his arrest, insisting that he was innocent.