A visit to the city to meet relatives turned into a nightmare for a 15-year-old girl after two women befriended her and took her to their home in Mumbai. There the girl was allegedly raped by four men between Saturday and Sunday.
The girl, who had arrived in the city on Saturday evening from Uttar Pradesh, got acquainted with the women at Lucknow railway station while boarding a train to Mumbai.
She told the police that the two women – Usha Ambrekar, 60, and Neelam Rajput, 40 – approached her at Lucknow station. When she told them she was headed to Mumbai, they said she could accompany them as they too were going to the city, the police said.
"The women and the girl reached Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on August 3. Ambrekar told the girl that she could stay at her place in Chembur and she would help her get a job," said Lakhmi Gautam, deputy commissioner of police, zone VI.
At Ambrekar's residence, her son, who is in his mid-thirties, allegedly raped her on learning that she was alone in the city. Soon after, three other men arrived at Ambrekar's residence and allegedly raped the minor in turns, the police said.
The girl was raped between Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
"On Sunday evening, Ambrekar and her son were not at home and the girl was alone. She somehow managed to slip out of the house and took an autorickshaw. She told the driver to drop her off at the railway station as she wanted to go
back home," said Shashi Kamble, inspector, Chembur police station.
During the journey to the railway station, the girl told the driver that she was in distress and that she must go back to her native place. The driver spotted a police patrol van on the way and alerted the policemen about the girl.
The police officials questioned the girl and sent her for a medical check-up, after which they learnt that she had been sexually assaulted. "We prepared sketches of the accused and nabbed three of them," said an officer.