According to the police, one of the accused, Meera Kale, had allegedly picked up the girl and handed her over to her sister-in-law, Meena Chavan, a resident of south Mumbai. Kale has told the police that Chavan was childless and hence she had kidnapped the child for her.
While the 22-year-old wrestler was arrested on April 5 and charged with kidnapping, the 14-year-old was taken back to his family — though he told police he had left of his own free will, officers said.
The court held Mahendra, a resident of Labour Colony here, guilty under section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act and also imposed a fine of Rs 1.05 lakh on him, out of which he would pay Rs 1 lakh to the victim and Rs 5,000 will go to the state.
Accused didn’t give teenager anything to eat for 2 days claim Cops. The accused have been identified as aunt Shanina Khan (27), Gufran Shaikh (26), Sohail Siddiqui alias Willaim (33), Jahangir Shaikh (28) and Sultan Khan (26).
Police said the accused will now be booked only under Section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) of the IPC. Officials said that while POCSO charges will be removed, charges of attempt to murder will not be added in the chargesheet.