Five people of a family were arrested by the Navghar police, on Sunday, for allegedly kidnapping, raping and attempting to murder an 11-year-old girl. The 20-year-old main accused had allegedly taken the girl to Rajasthan on the pretext of marrying her and subsequently raped her for three months.
Police said Naresh Prajapati and the victim lived in the same neighbourhood at Goddev in Bhayander (East). After promising marriage to the girl, Prajapati took the girl to Gajanipura in Rajasthan. The girl's family, meanwhile, filed a missing person's complaint with the Navghar police.
On July 14, the Navghar police received a call from the Pali police in Rajasthan about a girl found lying near a canal. A medical examination revealed that she had been sexually assaulted.
The police said Naresh's family, including his mother Jeevidevi, 55, and three brothers - Bharat, 28, Goparam, 27, and Kishan, 25 - live at Gajanipura. After taking the girl there, Naresh allegedly raped the girl many times. When villagers questioned, Jeevidevi said the couple was married. The villagers got suspicious because of the girl's age.
The police said the five accused then took the girl outside the village and tried to smash her head with a stone. Passers-by spotted the girl and informed the police.
After months of investigation, the police traced them through their cellphone records. While Naresh, Goparam and Bharat were arrested from Gujarat, Jeevidevi and Kishan were arrested from Gajanipura. They were arrested on Saturday and brought to the city on Sunday.
"During interrogation, they said they tried to kill the girl as the villagers were getting suspicious," said Dinkar Pingle, inspector, Navghar police.