Justice seems increasingly out of reach for the eight-year-old Kandivli girl who was allegedly raped by her father, who also let his friends rape her for money.
Except for blood samples of the three arrested accused, the police did not send any other samples for forensic analysis, which could have worked as corroborative evidence.
Since 2008, the accused had sexually abused the girl over one-and-a-half years. On November 3, the victim’s grandfather lodged a complaint of rape against his son, Chhatis Das (33) and his friends at Charkop police station, Kandivli.
Forensic experts said blood samples of the accused do not serve any purpose. “It is a case of gang rape, so we should have got at least the victim’s vaginal swab. If nothing else, the forensic report helps as corroborative evidence in court,” said an official at the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratory (DFSL), Kalina.
DFSL got samples of Das and the other two accused, Shabbir Sayed and Ashok Sahu. Sayed and Sahu reportedly confessed to raping the girl several times. While Sayed worked as a tailor in the colony, Sahu was a watchman in the complex.
The lab officials expressed surprise at the Charkop police’s approach. “Thinking the victim’s vaginal swab, clothes and blood samples were misplaced, we went through the records of the biology and DNA division. We then asked the investigating officer, who confirmed they had only sent blood samples,” said another lab official.
The forensic officers have decided to write to the police station asking for other samples, and a clarification on why only blood samples were sent.
Sanjay Bannerjee, deputy commissioner of police, zone XI, said: “The victim’s medical examination had already proved she was sexually abused. The forensic analysis was not needed as the incident occurred over a period of two years – the sample from the victim would have hardly yielded results.”
“This is a very serious lacuna,” said Justice (retd) B G Kolse-Patil, adding that the police cannot connect the accused to the alleged crime without providing the victim’s vaginal swabs.