The police custody of two of the accused in the Mira Road incest-rape case —Hasmukhbhai Rathod (55) and Kishore Chauhan (49) — was extended on Thursday. The duo and the third accused, Anjana Chauhan (49), were produced in the Thane court on Thursday.
While the tantrik, Rathod, and the victims’ father Kishore have been remanded in police custody till Monday, the victims’ mother, Anjana, was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. She was taken to the Thane Central Jail.
Rathod and Chauhan were arrested last week on charges of raping Chauhan’s two daughters, aged 21 years and 17 years, along with Anjana for aiding and abetting the crime.
While seeking extension of the duo’s custody, the police stated that their semen samples were yet to be collected and the accused were not co-operating for the same.
“The accused are under a lot of pressure and are not mentally stable. They need to be in a normal state of mind in order to give the samples,” said Public Prosecutor H.N. Kothawale. “We need to take the assistance of a psychiatrist and then take the accused for the semen sample collection.”
However, advocate Edgar Braganza argued that all investigations done had come to a nought. “The only thing that needs to be ascertained is to verify the ability of the accused to have sex. This can be done even in judicial custody…”
The court, however, extended the police custody of Rathod and Chauhan.
The judge observed in a noting on the remand application: “In my opinion, capacity of the accused to have sex would be the determining factor for the fate of this case…”