Contrary to her claims of being attacked by a stalker, the 15-year-old Virar girl injured last week has confessed to stabbing herself, the police said.
The story of a boy stalking her a fortnight before the stabbing was also cooked up. The police believe what had begun as a lie to hide her love affair from her parents ended in the stabbing drama.
On July 20, the Virar police registered a case of attempt to murder after the teen told them a stalker had stabbed her with a vegetable-peeling knife. However, the police were in for a surprise when they found the girl had bought the knife herself.
Several puncture holes were found on the school uniform she was wearing on the day of the incident. An officer said this was because she had earlier tried to stab herself lightly, but only succeeded in tearing her dress. “She then plunged the knife into her arms and her stomach and blamed it on the ‘stalker’,” said an officer from the Virar police.
The girl is still in hospital, but out of danger.
A senior officer said the boy she had accused of the crime is her boyfriend. After the complaint, the police detained a few youngsters from the locality, including the boyfriend.
“The boy told us he is in a relationship with the girl and they had gone out fifteen days ago. She reached home late that day and when questioned by her mother, made up a story of stalking. When her mother said they should go to the police, she refused,” said Sunil Mane, senior inspector, Virar police station.
She had left school that day telling her teacher she had to attend to an emergency at home, with her mother.
“The girl told different stories to different people, until she finally got tangled in her own lies,” an officer said.
The police have also found text messages she sent to one of her friends, where she claimed she is afraid for her life as someone is stalking her. To make the stalker story believable, she staged the stabbing, said an officer. “When we spoke to the girl, she kept changing her statements, until she finally confessed,” Mane said.
The police will discuss the case with the public prosecutor to file a closure report.