TV actor Parth Samthaan booked under POCSO for molesting 20-year-old

Television actor Parth Samthaan , who is already facing charges under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code for molesting a 20-year-old model, has now been booked under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The POCSO charges were added after the 20-year-old model, who filed an FIR accusing Parth of molestation in March this year, claimed in her second statement on Sunday that the actor had also molested her four years ago when she was 16 years old.

Mumbai’s Bangur Nagar Police booked Parth under Section 8 and 12 of POSCO Act in the complaint filed on April 23. Parth has worked in several TV shows ‘Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan’, and ‘Best Friends Forever?’, ‘Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya’ etc.

In her statement last month, the complainant who lives in Evershine Nagar, Malad (West), had said, “I have known him for more than 4 years. Parth has on many occasions tried to propose me - not for a relationship but having a good time, which I have very politely turned down. It might be cool in his group for women to sleep around with him and I have no issues with other girls and the choices they make but I have a different value system.”

The statement added, “After returning from a party in an alcoholic state, Parth misbehaved with me. After which I stopped contact with him for some time and he really apologised and as we have been friends for years, I decided to forgive him for the behaviour but soon after that, I started getting insulting and shameful calls from boys who would want favours from me.”

In the FIR, the model states that Parth Samthaan misbehaved with her and then he and his friends shared her details on WhatsApp after which she began receiving “insulting and shameful” calls from men asking for “favours”.