The Tulinj police on Friday arrested three people for allegedly kidnapping and gang-raping a 13-year-old girl from Nalasopara for more than a month in Gujarat on the pretext of offering her a film role.
The police also arrested an 18-year-old woman for colluding with the accused men. The four people have been remanded in police custody till December 13 by a court in Vasai.
Without informing her parents, the minor left home on November 6 after she was lured by a woman who promised her a role in a Gujarati movie, the police said. The minor was later holed up at a slum in Shirdi Nagar, Nallasopara, for two days before being taken a studio in Umergaon, Gujarat, for the ‘audition’, said an official of the Tulinj police station on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, on November 7, the minor’s mother registered a kidnapping case against unidentified people.
In Umergaon, the minor was subject to rape and torture by three men in the studio, said the official.
On Thursday, the three men allegedly dropped her home in Nalasopara and warned her to not reveal the incident.
She, however, narrated the ordeal to her mother, who filed a complaint with the Tulinj police.
The police have registered a case against the accused under sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (d) (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 4,8,12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
“We will soon send a team to the Umergaon studio and more arrests are likely,” said the official.