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Arrested for rape, toy seller turns out to be ‘serial rapist’

Johnny Ghosh was arrested after he allegedly raped his minor neighbour in a one-room tenement at a slum near the Nigerian embassy in Chanakyapuri Delhi’s high security diplomatic enclave.

delhi Updated: May 14, 2016 14:27 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Johnny Ghosh

House where 21-year-old Johnny Ghosh reportedly stayed and raped minor girls.(HT Photo)

A 21-year-old who was arrested on May 3 on charges of raping a nine-year-old girl now faces accusations of being a serial rapist.

Johnny Ghosh was arrested after he allegedly raped his minor neighbour in a one-room tenement at a slum near the Nigerian embassy in Chanakyapuri Delhi’s high security diplomatic enclave. The name of the slum cluster is being withheld to protect the identity of the victims.

Two days after his arrest, families of five more girls turned up at the local police station to inform that the accused was a serial rapist. They accused Ghosh of sexually assaulting their daughters and claimed that it had been going on for the past two months.

The girls told the police officials that the accused used to lure them to his jhuggi with tea and snacks. They alleged that Ghosh touched them inappropriately before forcing himself on them.

The victims said Ghosh threatened them with a knife and drugged them before sexually assaulting them.

When the police confronted Ghosh with allegations made by other girls, aged between 7 and 12 years, he reportedly confessed to the crimes.

The families told the police that Ghosh had been living on rent in the neighbourhood for past seven years. Their children used to call him ‘mama’ (maternal uncle). He was popular with the children because he would give them toys and chocolates.

The mothers of two girls, who he allegedly assaulted, said they used to leave their daughters at Ghosh’s house when they worked late evenings.

A senior police officer said the crime came to light on May 3 when a girl in the neighbourhood saw Ghosh getting physical with a nine-year-old girl in his room while her mother, a widow, was out for work. When the girl came out, the other girl told her that she will tell her mother about it. The nine-year-old got scared.

She met her aunt on her way home.

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“When the aunt asked her why she was looking terrified, the girl broke into tears and told her what had happened. In the meantime, her mother also returned home. The family straightaway went to Ghosh’s room. A fight broke out when he claimed that the girl was lying,” said the officer.

The girl’s mother called the police control room and Ghosh was handed over to the Chanakyapuri police. A case under relevant sections of Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Indian Penal Code was registered and he was arrested.

On May 5, the girl shared her ordeal with her mother saying she was not the only one raped by Ghosh. The mother was shocked when the girl revealed that her elder sister was also raped a fortnight ago. The girl also revealed names of four more girls.

When questioned by the police, the girl’s elder sister and three others confirmed while one, a relative of the accused, denied it.