The Shivaji Park police on Wednesday booked a 17-year-old boy for allegedly sodomising an inmate in a correctional facility “twice” last week, police said.
According to the police, the 17-year-old victim was sexually assaulted on the premises of the David Sassoon Children Home (DSCH) on May 29 and June 1.
Investigators said that the victim confided in a probation officer of the facility on Wednesday and subsequently a criminal complaint was registered later that evening.
DSCH has dormitory rooms for juveniles between the age of 16-18 in one building and for those between 12-16 years in another building.
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An officer privy to the investigation said that the victim claimed in his complaint he was first sexually assaulted on May 29 at 3 am in the dormitory meant for 16-18-year-olds.
“The 17-year-old victim said that the accused forced himself upon him in the dormitory amid the other inmates,” said Gangadhar Sonawane, senior police inspector, Shivaji Park.
Another officer said the victim was again sexually assaulted in a bathroom of DSCH on June 1 around 7 am, where he was reportedly coerced to perform oral sex.
“The victim claims he went into a shell and was disturbed in the days following the incidents. It was when his friends at DSCH told the probation officer that the victim was behaving in an unusual manner that the matter came to light,” said an officer.
Sonawane said the victim was taken to Sion Hospital late Wednesday evening for forensic tests.
Until late Wednesday night, the juvenile underwent a series of tests and examination by a team of experts at Sion Hospital.
“The paediatric doctor and psychiatrist will be counselling him. He is currently in a state of trauma. He said the accused had threatened him with dire consequences if he disclosed about this to anyone,” said a doctor, part of the team examining the juvenile.
According to DSCH officials, two security guards have been placed on each floor to ensure no inmates break free from the dormitory.
This change was brought soon after Aamir Khan, a 17-year-old died after being physically assaulted by other inmates at DSCH last year.
No DSCH official was available for comments.
Meanwhile, the accused remained at DSCH premises on Wednesday and would be produced before a Juvenile Justice Board on Thursday.
“Both the victim and the accused were moved into DSCH at least two months ago. While the victim was sent to the facility due to an assault case, the accused was being rehabilitated after being arrested in a robbery case,” added Sonawane.