A DNA test has revealed that Mohanchand Shyam, one of the men who allegedly raped the 15-year-old girl from Powai, fathered her premature baby, forensic tests have revealed.
Shyam has been arrested in the case in which former senior police inspector of LT Marg police station, Arun Borude, is also an accused. Borude is absconding.
“The DNA sample of the premature baby delivered by the victim in October as a result of forced sexual intercourse, matches with that of Mohanchand Shyam, proving he fathered the child,” an official from the Forensic Sciences Laboratory at Kalina told the Hindustan Times, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media. “We sent the report to the Powai police station on December 6.”
Narsingh Sherkhane, assistant commissioner of police and investigating officer of the case, could not be contacted for his comments despite repeated attempts.
The forensic official said the results of the DNA test did not mean the other accused including Borude, who is still on the run, did not rape the victim. “It proves that Borude or the other accused did not father the child,” the official said.
He said the report will only make the case against Shyam stronger.
The Powai police arrested Shyam, a realtor by profession, after his name cropped up when they were interrogating Shanta Gaikwad, who allegedly lured the victim into flesh trade.
Shyam worked with another accused, Chandrabhan Gupta, who had introduced him to Gaikwad, a domestic help from Powai.
The victim in her statement to the police had alleged that Gaikwad had introduced her to men who raped her several times over the past year. The victim delivered a premature girl in October. Her family registered a police complaint on November 2.
The forensic official said had the complainant approached the police within 24 hours of the alleged rape, the laboratory would have been able to provide forensic evidence against the accused, who raped the victim, by examining vaginal swabs.
“The vaginal swab will help to detect semen only up to 24 hours after intercourse, but since the case came to light long after the victim was allegedly raped, we could not make use of that tool,” the official said.
The victim’s family has alleged that Gaikwad, their neighbour, would take the victim to ‘clients’ under the pretext of teaching her household work.
After interrogating Gaikwad, the police arrested Gupta and Shyam. Borude’s name cropped up during investigations.
The senior police officer went missing before the police could question him.
The police are yet to trace Borude and his family, and another unidentified accused who worked with Shyam and Gupta.