Family members of the 17-year-old Chembur rape victim on Wednesday said they should not have approached the authorities of Vivekanand Education Society’s College where their daughter and the accused studied. They should have approached the police, they said.
The 20-year-old management student was allegedly raped by her senior of the Chembur college on July 21. The family filed a police complaint on Sunday, four days after the incident.
“The medical reports may not confirm rape as the examination has been delayed by three days,” said the girl’s father.
“When we learnt the boy’s father is a peon in the same college, we filed a police complaint.” They met through a social networking site and became friends. “My daughter’s life has been ruined,” he said.
The girl’s family said they had a reputation to protect and instead of going to the police they approached the principal. “We thought the principal being a woman, would initiate action. But she claimed the boy was innocent,” said another family member.
The feel if they had gone to the police on the first day itself, the girl’s medical examination would have been done and vital scientific evidence, confirming the rape, would have been collected immediately.