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Army Major Sentenced to 5 Years for Sexual Assault of Minor Girl in Delhi

In a recent verdict, an Army Major stationed in Delhi has been sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment and dishonorably dismissed from service due to his conviction for sexually assaulting a minor girl.
The Major, who served in the Corps of Army Air Defence, had been living in Delhi with his wife when allegations of sexual assault concerning an 11-year-old domestic worker’s daughter came to light.

A General Court Martial (GCM) convened in Ferozepur, Punjab, found the Major guilty of the offense and handed down a severe sentence. Cashiering, or dishonorable dismissal, means he won’t be entitled to military benefits following this conviction.

The case was initiated following a complaint, leading to a Court of Inquiry (COI) launched by the concerned Army authorities. The COI was presided over by Colonel Satinder Khola, including members Lt. Col. Vikas Khare and Maj. Seema Nayal took place in New Delhi from February 7-11, 2022.

According to Advocate Anand Kumar, who represented the Major, there were inconsistencies in the case that the GCM overlooked during the trial.
The Major faced charges under Section 69 (civil offenses) of the Army Act and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act 2012.

The prosecution, represented by Colonel Mirza Aslam Beg (retd), successfully argued that the charges had been substantiated and that the accused and his family, being educated, were well aware of the gravity of the crime he had committed. They further contended that the accused understood the severe consequences associated with sexual offenses.
The incident occurred in married officers’ accommodation in Delhi, where the Major resided with his wife. A formal complaint was filed by the domestic worker against the Major in January 2022 with the Army authorities at the Station Headquarters Delhi Area, Delhi Cantonment.

Rohit Sharma

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