Children not expected to have sense of chronology; cannot be a ground to discredit victim’s testimony: POCSO Court (Mumbai)

A POCSO Court in Mumbai convicted the accused on charges of sexual assault under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO), dismissing the challenge to the victim’s testimony where she was unable to remember specific dates of offence. During trial, the victim could not describe sodomy but the judge relied on medical evidence to conclude the commission of the offence. Further, the victim has stoutly denied the suggestions put to her, during cross-examination, that no such incident occurred; and her testimony inspired confidence to base the conviction upon it.