Six months after 3-year-old’s rape, cops say difficult to gather evidence

Mumbai city news: With over six months having passed since the incident, the police are doubtful about finding CCTV camera footage in the school that might help them.

mumbai Updated: Jun 12, 2017 10:06 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,crime,rape
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The MIDC police, who are investigating an alleged rape of a three-year-old girl by her school’s 57-year-old founder trustee, said it would be ‘quite a task’ to establish the facts and gather evidence owing to an inordinate delay in registrating the complaint.

“In rape cases, it is highly important that the incident is reported immediately. The victim’s mother alleged that the incident took place after Diwali last year i.e. somewhere between November and December. But the day of crime is not clear. She found out about it in May and registered a complaint, following which we registered a first information report (FIR),” said a police official who is privy to the investigation.

“It will be quite a task for us to gather scientific evidence. However, the victim has identified the trustee which tallies with her mother’s statement. The mother also alleged that the man had sexually assaulted another boy. We have contacted the boy’s parents. This may help us,” added the official.

More than six months after the incident, the police are doubtful if they could get CCTV camera footage of the incident. They are also uncertain if any school staff such as the security guard, peons or teachers would be able to recollect what they saw.

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The director, who is of foreign origin, was out of the country on a tour, the police said. His wife, an Indian national, expressed shock over the incident and said he would return to India soon to clear his name.

According to the police, the incident took place late last year, when the girl’s class teacher took her to the director’s room, where he sexually assaulted her. This amounts to rape under the amended law. The teacher has also been booked.

According to the FIR, earlier this year, the girl’s mother noticed a change in her behaviour and began questioning her. The girl then told the mother about the assault, the police said.

On May 18, the police filed a a rape case under section 376 (2) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.

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First Published: Jun 06, 2017 15:40 IST