Coimbatore: A Mahila Court here on Tuesday sentenced a 34-year-old man to undergo 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) on charges of attempting to sexually assault his colleague at a commercial complex here some 11 months ago
The prosecution case was that Anbuvel, working as a salesman in a textile shop in the complex in Singanallur in the city had tried to sexually assault a 24-year-old woman working as a cashier in the shop on October 2 last year.
The incident occurred when the woman who was to be picked up by her father had to wait longer as he got delayed due to rain. Anbuvel who got to know about this immediately tried to take advantage of the situation and forcibly took her to a secluded place in the complex. He then attempted to sexually assault her at around 10.30 pm. The woman soon raised a cry.
Following this, the security guard and the father of the woman rushed to the spot. The accused on seeing the duo fled the crime scene.
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Later, the woman gave a complaint to the police. Based on the complaint, the All-Women police East registered a case against Anbuvel under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code. They then arrested him and remanded him into custody.
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On Tuesday, when the case came up for hearing before Mahila Court, Judge R Nandhinidevi sentenced Anbuvel to undergo 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000.
Earlier, two government doctors in Tamil Nadu were arrested for raping their colleague during quarantine at a private hotel amid the pandemic.