16-year-old boy ‘raped’ for a year, names 15 teens

The police said the school boy was also blackmailed and physically assaulted, and that a medical examination confirmed the sexual assault. According to the police, the boy was first raped in 2016 by a friend who lived next door.

Written by Srinath Rao | Mumbai | Updated: August 3, 2017 1:36 pm

A 16-year-old boy living in Andheri was allegedly raped by 15 boys over the past one year. In his complaint to the police, the victim said he finally confided in a friend when he felt “unbearable pain” two days ago after the last assault on June 26. The police have booked all 15 accused and detained seven of them. The police said the school boy was also blackmailed and physically assaulted, and that a medical examination had confirmed the sexual assault.

According to the police, the boy was first raped in 2016 by a friend who lived next door. A police officer said the alleged rapist shot a video of the act on his cellphone and showed it to his other friends. “The victim was very scared and did not tell his family about the abuse,” said the officer. The police said the neighbour started blackmailing the victim and forced him to have sex with others, threatening to make the video public if he did not comply. “The accused boys took the victim to a playground outside a municipal school in the area and raped him one by one,” added the officer. Over the past two months, however, one of the boys had been demanding Rs 1,100 from the victim to eat in a restaurant. The victim refused to pay up as he did not have the money. “After that, the boys took him to an isolated corner on June 26 and raped him once more,” said the officer.

According to the victim’s complaint, the 15 boys allegedly raped him on four other occasions — the last of which was two weeks ago, the police said. “Whenever I tried to resist, they would hit me,” the boy has said in his complaint. On Monday, the police said the boy complained of severe pain as a result of repeated sexual assault and confided in a friend, who then alerted an acquaintance, a 31-year-old man working as a construction site supervisor. He took the victim to the local police station.

A medical examination of the boy was conducted at the Cooper Hospital and the police said it confirmed the sexual assault. The boy was then allowed to go home. The police have booked the 15 boys, all between 15 and 17 years, charging them with unnatural sex and common intention under the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Sources said the victim’s complaint was being verified.

Seven boys were detained and produced before the Juvenile Justice Board that has remanded them in custody of the Dongri Children’s Home. The police are verifying the names and addresses of the other boys. Mumbai Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Rashmi Karandikar said investigations were on.

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  1. Lalitha Padmanaban
    Aug 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    For this types of heinous crimes only parents are to be blamed. Either they do not have any control on their wards or perhaps they do not have any time to watch on their children etc. If teenage student can assault a class teacher in a class room or a teacher can runaway with the teenage student morality has down with impunity. It is high time Moral Science Classes ,Drawing, Yoga ,Gardening , Music Vedic Sciences are introduced upto SSLC in all Schools. Also periodical Parents/Teacher meetings are arranged to monitor about the activities of Students in the School besides regular Studies/Curriculam.
    1. I
      Aug 4, 2017 at 4:17 pm
      Indians are such hypocrites. If the boy had complained the first time, very likely most of us would have called him a 'sissy', including the parents of those fifteen accused. Thankfully the young man is alive after his year-long ordeal. May God grant him the means to overcome this terrible experience and move on with his life.
      1. d
        Aug 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm
        ual assault on boys often goes unreported. This may in fact be more rampant than generally accepted. Juvenile boards at the State and District level should take a proactive stance to detect specific cases. This can be done through periodic visits to schools and interacting with vulnerable age groups. The teachers need also to be sensitized about the matter. children should be educated about the menace and possible assaults from peers and seniors. They should be encouraged to submit anonymous pe ions through drop boxes, in case, as is often the case, they feel shy to talk about the matter before their teachers and/or family members. The problem exists and leaves a deep scars in the psyche of the children. Let's not shy away from the problem and pretend that it did not happen to us.
        1. M
          Aug 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm
          It is about time they took a look at juvenile punishment. It seems that more and more juveniles are becoming offenders. Lest we forget how Nirbhaya was tortured at the hands of a so-called- juvenile who today live in anonymously in South India (as per reports). Supposedly they are also paid an amount to start life afresh, it looks like a sort of encouragement for the crime they have committed. Laws of the land must change with times. Such rapist must be dealt severely, as the victims have to live with the scar for the rest of their life.
          1. R
            Aug 4, 2017 at 2:02 pm
            The children must be hanged to death to send message to other children and parents to keep n eye on their brats
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