A man who was out on bail after being convicted under POCSO in 2018 has once again eloped with another underage girl, this time a 14-year-0ld.
Media reports said the Gujarat High Court has asked the Bharuch Superintendent of Police to investigate the matter and produce the teen before the court.
The case involves one Dilip Padhiyar, a resident of Jambusar Taluka in Bharuch.
He was accused of kidnapping a 16-year old in 2016 and was convicted of the crime in 2018. He was found guilty of statutory rape and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Media reports said Padhiyar then challenged the conviction and got bail from the high court while his appeal was pending.
In November 2019, while out on bail, he eloped with another girl, this time a 14-year-old.
The teen’s father approached the court alleging that the local cops were not making any efforts to trace him, media reports said.
He also said that Padhiyar was a habitual offender. The petitioner has also sought that Padhiyar’s bail be cancelled.