The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has filed a chargesheet in the infamous Prasad Nagar sexual harassment case in which three children were allegedly drugged, raped and sodomised for months by their school cab driver and four teenaged boys in September this year. The family has also been placed under police protection.
In its chargesheet, the police said they have not been able to trace two of the four teenagers allegedly involved in the act, neither have they recorded the statement of the neighbour who convinced the children’s mother to take the matter to the police. According to the police, these (the two names ) were “imaginary”. The teenaged boys lived close to the victim’s house and used to attend the same school. There are 17 witnesses in the case.
The police have also failed to recover the mobile phone that the accused reportedly used to film the children during the act. The incident was reported on September 17, when Rajkumari (name changed) informed one of her neighbours that her 12-year-old daughter and two sons, aged 7 and 10 years, were allegedly raped and sodomised by their cab driver Lalit Ratawal (32) and four other juveniles.
Though the mother came to know about the incident seven months later, she was threatened with dire consequences when she confronted the accused. She kept silent for a week before reporting the matter to the police. The medical reports of the children revealed that “their veins were clogged with residual vestiges of intravenous heroin abuse”’ which, coupled with the psychological trauma of their prolonged ordeal, would ensure that they will “never be the same again”, police said.
When the Hindustan Times contacted the mother on Friday, she said, “My eldest son is still addicted to drugs and is yet to get over the habit even after the rehabilitation programme.” The Crime Branch, which submitted the chargesheet at the Tis Hazari Court, was handed over the probe after the local police were accused of trying to shield the accused, as sons of affluent families were involved.
Police on their part claimed that the investigations were still on and it was only a “part-chargesheet” that they had filed. According to police, the three children — students of classes III, V and VII — were abused by Ratawal and his accomplices for months. The accused used would take them to a rented room in the Karol Bagh area, the house of one of the juveniles. Another location, where he allegedly abused the children was his own home in the absence of his own children and wife.