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Psychiatrist to assist police in Mumbai molestation case

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 30, 2013
First Published: 01:01 IST(30/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:06 IST(30/3/2013)

The police are taking help of a child psychiatrist to investigate the alleged sexual abuse of a six-year-old boy in Kurla.

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“We need to investigate the complaint. The involvement of a child psychiatrist will help us ascertain the condition of the child,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police, zone 5.

The police are questioning the driver and cleaner of the school bus, apart from people from the boy’s crèche. Also, they will scan the CCTV cameras placed in the school premises to get any lead in the case.

“The school saves the recording up to eight days. We will examine the footage,” said Kulkarni.

Kulkarni said the sexual assault and the sequence of events leading to it were yet to be confirmed. “The mother suspects that the boy may have been sexual abused several times, which we are ascertaining. According to her, on March 18 the boy was taken in an autorickshaw to an undisclosed location around 11am. But the school authorities say he was in class from 11am to 3pm. Other allegations that he may have been sexually abused several times before in the school toilet are also yet to be proven,” he added.

According to Kulkarni, the private doctor the victim’s parents took him too had not clearly specified that the boy was sexually abused. There were no external injuries on the child, he added.

The child was taken to Nair hospital on Friday. “A panel of six doctors examined him. We are waiting for his medical reports,” said Subhash Raut, senior inspector, VB Nagar police station.

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