At tantrik’s behest,aunt coached minor to charge 9 men with rape,say police

The Saki Naka rape case where a minor girl had accused nine men of gangraping her seems to have reached a bizarre turnaround,with the police discovering that the crime may have never occurred.

Written by Aiswarya A | Mumbai | Published:August 20, 2010 1:03 am

The Saki Naka rape case where a minor girl had accused nine men of gangraping her seems to have reached a bizarre turnaround,with the police discovering that the crime may have never occurred.

The Saki Naka police,who are investigating the allegation made by a 12-year-old schoolgirl and her aunt,plan to approach the court for quashing the case after their investigation revealed that the girl’s aunt had reportedly incited her to accuse the men at the behest of a tantrik.

The girl,accompanied by her maternal aunt with whom she stayed,had in March lodged a police complaint,accusing nine men including her aunt’s son Dhawal and her neighbour Jamunaprasad Sharma (71) of raping her over a period of time. The police subsequently arrested Sharma,Premchand Pandit (31),Jitendra Yadav (25),Vinod Yadav (27) and Vakil Pandit (27).

“In her complaint,the victim had alleged that Dhawal and his friend Raju Sharma had raped her at knife-point,recorded the act using their cell phones,and when the other accused learnt about it and they blackmailed her into the act. However,we grew suspicious when the medical report came negative and a second medical test also confirmed that she had not been raped. When we brought Dhawal for questioning,he broke down and accused his aunt and a ‘kaka’ of conspiring against them,” said deputy commissioner of police (zone 10) Prakash Mutyal.

Further investigation revealed that the ‘kaka’ was a tantrik who had begun visiting the girl’s house last year,after her aunt had sought his help in ‘treating’ Dhawal when he had reportedly taken ill,the police said.

“After recording Dhawal’s statement,a woman official of the Mankhurd Children’s Home,where the victim was lodged,spoke to the girl who also confirmed Dhawal’s version,adding that the tantrik had threatened to harm her using black magic,if she didn’t obey him. The tantrik and her aunt then coached her on what to tell the police,” said senior police inspector Samadhan Dhanedhar. We have also recorded girl’s statement before a magistrate,he added.

The police are now on the lookout for the girl’s aunt and the tantrik who have reportedly fled to Gujarat fearing a reprisal,after the accused were released on bail. “We are unaware why and how the tantrik influenced the aunt to lodge a false complaint,” said Dhanedhar.

Meanwhile,Sharma,the eldest of the accused whose three family members were also booked in the case,is relived yet very angry. “I treated the girl as my granddaughter. But what I got in return was a permanent blot on my character and a faltering business,” said Sharma,adding that once the court to quashes the case,they would file a defamation suit against the aunt-tantrik duo.

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