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The top court of India Thursday struck down a controversial lower court ruling that cleared a man of charges related to sexual abuse of a minor because there was no skin-to-skin contact with the victim.

"Restricting (sexual assault) to skin-to-skin would not only be a narrow and pedantic interpretation, but will also lead to absurd interpretation of the provision," said a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India. EFE