A sessions court at Dindoshi last week convicted an autorickshaw driver for abducting and raping a mentally challenged girl in 2008. Nandlal Yadav has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment.
According to the case filed by the Malwani police, Yadav, a resident of Kandivli, who was 28 years old when the incident took place, was booked for wrongly confining the victim (section 342 of Indian Penal Code) and raping a mentally challenged girl (section 376).
The prosecution alleged that Yadav would regularly visit Amboli in Andheri (West) where the victim, who was 18 years old, resided. On March 7, 2008, Yadav took her to a lodge at Aksa beach in Malad where he raped her. The prosecution alleged that he then left her on the road and was trying to escape. However, a few autorickshaw drivers spotted the girl crying. When questioned, the girl pointed to Yadav’s auto and narrated the incident to them.
One of the drivers noted the registration number of Yadav’s rickshaw and informed the police. Yadav was caught the same day.
Vasudeo Jamdade, inspector, Malwani police, investigated the case and recorded statements of almost 25 witnesses.
Eknath Gaikwad, constable with Malwani police, who assisted the prosecution during the trial, said, “The list of witnesses included the doctor who certified that the victim was mentally challenged, her family members, the security guard and manager of the lodge where Yadav took her and the rickshaw drivers who spotted the girl.”
The court after considering the prosecution case held Yadav guilty for wrongfully confining the girl and raping her.
One-year-old raped in Ulhasnagar (Kiran Sonawane)
The Hill Line police arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly raping his neighbour’s one-year-old daughter. According to the police, the accused, Arun Madhavi, runs an electronic goods shop. “Madhavi, a resident of Akash Colony, near Gaikwad Pada area, would take the child to his shop every day. Since he was their neighbour, the girl’s mother trusted him,” said Narendra Jadhav, inspector, Hill Line police station. On Wednesday, when the woman went to the shop, she allegedly saw that the accused had his pant unzipped and her daughter’s undergarments were removed. On checking, the mother found that the girl was bleeding from her private parts. She then registered a complaint.