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Victim, aunt moved to safe custody

Sakinaka police have moved the 12-year-old girl raped by multiple men to an undisclosed location, to be kept there until all the accused are arrested.

mumbai Updated: Mar 25, 2010 01:06 IST
HT Correspondent

Sakinaka police have moved the 12-year-old girl raped by multiple men to an undisclosed location, to be kept there until all the accused are arrested.

They believe she could be influenced by the five accused who are still untraceable.

A similar arrangement has been made for her aunt, who the police are banking on to be their prime witness.

The two were earlier brought to the city under police protection from their native place at Bhuj in Gujarat, after they got threatening phone calls from one of the accused.

Sakinaka police on Monday registered a case of rape against nine men, including a cousin of the victim, for allegedly raping her over a period of two years.

Four of the accused, including a 71-year-old neighbour, were arrested on the same day. The girl lived with her aunt, who runs a small eatery from her house.

Senior police inspector Samadhan Dhanedar of Sakinaka police station said: “Security for the victim and the witness are of paramount importance. They are being protected.”

Another reason why the police do not want to move the girl to a children’s remand room is that they need continuous access to her for questioning, which they believe will not be possible if she is in a remand room.

Police officials involved with the investigation said efforts are on to trace the remaining accused, who are believed to be holed up in and around the city.