A 16-year-old girl was raped inside a tempo at Chembur on April 11. The incident came to light a few days ago, after the survivor lodged a complaint with the police. While the accused is on the run, a friend of the girl was arrested on Thursday.
According to the police officials, the girl had gone out with a male friend to Gateway of India on April 10.
“The girl went out Deepak Kokne, 22, who lived in her locality. When they were returning around 7pm, the petrol in Kokne’s bike got over. So he dropped her near Mahol gaon in Chembur and asked her to go home from there,” said an officer.
Unable to find her way, the girl approached a passerby, only identified as Prem. “Prem went with her to a distance to show the way. As it grew darker, he asked her if she wanted him to drop her, which she refused. To gain her confidence, he showed her a photograph of a girl, who he claimed was his girlfriend. She then agreed to go with him on his bike,” he added.
He kept misleading her till midnight, saying they would reach within a few minutes. The girl, in her statement, said he took her to isolated locations. Around 12.30pm, he allegedly raped her inside a tempo under the freeway bridge and abandoned her there. The girl was scared of going home and narrating the ordeal to her parents. So she kept roaming on the streets, said police. Her parents lodged a case of kidnapping with the RCF police station.
“On April 12, the girl was found roaming alone on the street by patrolling officers, who then took her to the police station. The girl did not tell her parents about the incident. When she was brought to the police station to record her statement on the kidnapping complaint, she started crying and revealed what had happened,” said an officer.
The police have formed teams to find Prem.
The cops have registered a case under sections 363 (kidnapping), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 376 (rape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, along with section 4 under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.