After she was discharged from Nair hospital on Tuesday night, the three-and-a-half-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped and raped on Saturday showed her parents and the police the room near their house in Laljipada, Kandivli (West), where the accused took her. The police are yet to make any arrests.
On Wednesday morning, the girl's father sent his 11-year-old daughter with her to identify the place and learnt she was taken to a room in the slum where 10 persons, all aged under 22 years, run a small-time business. “We called the police and told them to visit the spot with us. The police detained the youths,” said her father, an auto driver.
The police suspect the girl strayed towards the grocery store near the room when the accused picked her up. The girl also told police that as it was dark, she had not seen the abductor’s face properly.
“By Tuesday night, we had questioned about 40 people and the number has gone up to 65 on Wednesday. The accused is yet to be identified,” said V Hirawat, inspector, Kandivli police.
The police said they have also looked for CCTV footage in the area, but have not been able to find cameras in the area as it is a slum pocket. “Usually, in cases involving crimes against children, the victim’s statement is not recorded in the conventional manner. We have a questionnaire and the child, if comfortable, answers the questions. The victim has answered our questionnaire and we have some leads on the accused, but we cannot reveal details yet,” Hirawat said.
According to police, the victim was kidnapped, raped and abandoned in Malad on Sunday.
‘No action against errant cops until parents approach us’
Mumbai: Senior police officials said on Wednesday they are still waiting for the girl’s parents to approach them with a complaint so that action can be taken against the insensitive policemen who made the victim and her parents sit at Kandivli police station for six hours on Sunday before she was subjected to a medical test.
Sunil Paraskar, additional commissioner of police for north region, said, “The girl’s parents have not approached us yet. If they do, we will take action against the concerned personnel.”
YP Singh, former IPS officer and now a lawyer, said that according to the Code of Criminal Procedure, a female, particularly a rape victim,
cannot be brought to a police station.
Her statement should be recorded at her residence or a place where she is comfortable. In cases like this one, where the girl was rescued, she should be taken to the hospital directly.
“If the girl was made to wait for six hours, it is absolutely insensitive on part of the police to wait for her parents to approach them with a complaint. The police can file a complaint against the concerned personnel on their own, or on behalf of the state,” said Singh.
“Making a rape victim wait for six hours in a police station is a violation of provisions of the law and departmental action should be initiated against the concerned personnel.”