Police are probing the role of the victim’s aunt in the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl by nine people over a period of two years.
“The aunt is being questioned much as the others in the case are being questioned,” said senior police inspector Samadhan Dhanedar of the Sakinaka police station.
A rape case was registered against nine people, including a 71-year-old and the victim’s 21-year-old cousin, at the Sakinaka police station on Sunday.
Police said the victim lived with her aunt — who operated a catering business from her home — in the Asalpha area of Sakinaka.
The victim, in her police statement, named her 21-year-old cousin and eight others from the area for raping and threatening her.
Most of the accused often ate at the aunt’s house. The case came to light when the victim brought it up with a relative, who then alerted the aunt.
A police official, on condition of anonymity, said it is highly unlikely the girl’s aunt was unaware of a crime happening so close to her for so long. “Either she chose to ignore it, or was involved in some way,” he said.
Police sources said another red flag on her is the fact that her son, who is accused in the case, went missing around two days before the police went looking for him.
The 12-year-old victim’s medical test report was given to the police on Tuesday.