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Mumbai: Cops to check woman attendant’s phone

Mohamed Thaver, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 20, 2013
First Published: 00:47 IST(20/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:08 IST(20/1/2013)

The Juhu police will be tracking the mobile phone locations of the woman attendant who claims to have been present in the school bus, to verify her claims. A four-year-old nursery student was allegedly molested in the bus on Tuesday.

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The police have been sceptical of the woman attendant’s version, as there have been several contradictions in her statements. As per norms, if a female student travels in the school bus, a woman attendant has to be present.

Additional commissioner of police (west region) Vishwas Nangre-Patil said, “We are awaiting the call data records (CDR) of the woman attendant to find out if she was indeed present on the bus.” The CDR of a mobile number, on most occasions, will show the location of the person at any givn time on the basis of the mobile network tower.

“If her location at the time of the incident is in the area between the school and the child’s house, it will prove she was present on the bus and vice versa,” Patil said.

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The role of the woman attendant, if she was indeed present on the bus, will play a vital role in helping the police build a strong case against the accused.

An officer said, “The child has told us that she had told the woman attendant about the incident. She said the woman attendant also ‘shouted’ at the accused.”

When asked if the woman attendant can be booked for not informing school authorities, the officer said, “We are verifying things.
We are more interested in recording the attendant’s statement before a magistrate. Our priority is to make a watertight case against the accused.”

While a paediatrician from a private hospital performed the medical test on the child, the norm says it should be conducted at a government hospital.

An officer explained, “The family has been traumatised and is reluctant to get tests conducted at a government hospital. The paediatrician’s report will also work.”

The police will take the help of women’s right activist and lawyer Flavia Agnes in connection with the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, as this is only the second instance in which the city police have invoked the act.


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