Juhu businessman, wife arrested for raping two minors

A Juhu-based businessman and his wife were arrested on August 8 and charged with Protection of Children Against Sexual Offence (POCSO) act for kidnapping and raping two minor girls aged 14 and 16.

mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2018 00:47 IST
Aritra Hazra
Aritra Hazra
Hindustan Times
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A Juhu-based businessman and his wife were arrested on August 8 and charged with Protection of Children Against Sexual Offence (POCSO) act for kidnapping and raping two minor girls aged 14 and 16. The girls had ostensibly been hired as domestic help to work in a flat that the businessman owns in Mira Road. The 16-year-old’s mother has also been arrested on suspicion of ‘supplying’ the girls to the couple. Parameshwar Ganame, senior police inspector at DN Nagar police station, said, “A detailed investigation is being carried out.”

The incident came to light when missing person complaint was filed on July 24 at DN Nagar police station by the family of the 14-year-old when she did not return home after going to work at the Mira Road apartment on July 21. The 14-year-old had gone with the 16-year-old.

Initial police investigations suggest the couple held the 14-year-old captive between July 21 and July 24. The 16-year-old was not with the couple during this time. Since she is friends with the 14-year-old, she found out that the other girl’s family had gone to the police. The 16-year-old then informed the couple that a complaint had been filed, which is when they released the 14-year-old after warning her of dire consequences if she spoke to anyone about her time with them.

The 14-year-old did not return home and was eventually found in Andheri by the police on July 25. Since she is a minor and a complaint had been filed, she was sent for a routine medical examination before being returned to her family.

“Her medical examination revealed that she was sexually assaulted,” said a police officer. “She was earlier scared to talk about the whole incident.”

Eventually, she told police officials that her 16-year-old friend had taken her to Mira Road, saying she needed help with the domestic work she did for the couple. When they reached the Mira Road apartment, the businessman and wife were waiting for them and the 14-year-old was raped. The police believe that the 16-year-old had also been sexually assaulted by the couple in the past and that her mother had taken money from the couple in exchange for her daughter.

When questioned by the police, the businessman admitted to oral sex with the 14-year-old.

The businessman was charged with section 376 (rape), 354 (molestation), 363(kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the POCSO act. His wife and the 16-year-old’s mother have been charged with abetment (section 114 ).

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 00:45 IST