A twelve-year-old boy was allegedly sodomsied in Kandivali (West) on Thursday evening by a 19-year-old man living in the same locality.
The minor is recuperating in a hospital following the alleged sexual assault, to which no motive has so far been attributed.
According to the police, the crime took place after 6 pm on Thursday evening when the accused allegedly called the victim to his home. The accused was known to the victim as he lives a few houses away from his own.
“A few friends of the accused were inside the house when the victim entered. The accused told his friends to leave and forced himself onto the victim as soon as they left,” an officer from Kandivali police station said.
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The accused allegedly threatened the victim with dire consequences if he told anyone what had happened. “The accused went to sleep after the victim left. The boy, however, did not immediately go home and roamed around the locality until 8.30 pm,” the officer said.
Once home, the boy did not initially confide in his mother, the police said. She noticed that her son was unusually quiet and looked tired. “But when she asked him what the matter was, he said nothing. It was only at 10.30 pm, when he experienced pain in the lower back and buttocks that he told his mother what had happened,” the officer said.
The police said that the mother rushed to the home of the accused and confronted him. “The accused casually admitted that he had sodomised the boy and went back to sleep. The boy’s mother then went to the police chowky located in Laljipada locality and told police officers about the sexual assault. The boy and mother were escorted to Kandivali police station and their complaint was recorded, while officers went to the home of the accused and nabbed him. He was asleep when we went to his house,” the officer said.
Both the victim and the accused were sent to Shatabdi Hospital, where a medical examination concluded that the accused had sexually assaulted the victim, the police said.
The accused, who neither studies nor works, has been remanded to police custody until July 10. “We have charged him with unnatural sexual intercourse and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code and under the Protection of Children form Sexual Offences Act,” said Mukund Pawar, senior inspector, Kandivali police station.