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‘Delay in filing case may have destroyed rape case evidence’

mumbai Updated: Jul 05, 2011 01:39 IST
Mohamed Thaver
Mohamed Thaver
Hindustan Times
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A three-day delay in lodging a police complaint may prove costly for the family of a four-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by the watchman of her Santacruz-based school in early February.

The vaginal swabs and clothes of the victim, which had been sent for DNA testing to gather evidence against the watchman did not yield any result, said an official from the Forensic Science Laboratory at Kalina, referring to the report which was released over the weekend.

“We did not find any semen samples in the swabs or on the clothes of the victim that could be matched. The victim was raped on February 3 while a police complaint was registered on February 6 –72 hours after the incident,” said an official from the forensic lab, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media.

“If the victim might have taken a bath during this period or washed the clothes it would have destroyed the evidence,” he added.

The official added, “In this case, since the forensic tests may not provide a clear picture, the police may rely on the medical tests.”

Assistant commissioner of police (Vakola division) Arvind Mahabadi said, “Immediately after the victim’s parents approached us we had her medical test conducted which confirmed that she had been raped.”

The police also maintained the victim had identified the accused in police presence.

The police had submitted the chargesheet in the case in April, but it did not carry the DNA report as the test had not been conducted by then.

Senior inspector RG Pardesi said investigation into the case would be resuming soon and refused to comment on the DNA report.

Meanwhile, the victim’s family members alleged that they had approached the police as soon as they learned about the incident but the police had delayed registering the complaint.