The accused would reportedly come into the living room of the house when his wife was busy with other chores and touch the student inappropriately.
“After sexually assaulting the girl the person even brought her back and left her at a distance of around half a kilometre from her house. She somehow went back to her house and narrated the whole incident,” SHO of Musafirkhana police station Paras Nath Singh said.
Two men, known to the victim, took her on their motorcycle on the pretext of visiting a nearby shrine, he said, adding that later eight other people joined them and all of them raped the minor.
The incident had come to light in March 2014 after a workshop on sexual harassment was organised by an NGO, Childline, in the victim’s school.
Their parents had taken the girl to a hospital, where the police was intimated. “The girl disclosed everything to her mother, who told us,” said the officer.
The four allegedly abducted the girl from a shanty when she was sleeping along with her mother and siblings. They took the girl to a nearby forest area and allegedly sexually assaulted her there.
The girl, her family said, can only count to 10 and remember names of her family members. She studies in kindergarten. According to relatives, she used hand gestures to tell her parents about the rape.
A group of people including Sengar’s brother allegedly beat the father up before police arrested him on April 3 and sent him to jail.
During the trial, the victim and her father turned hostile. Following the statements of the victim, and with the prosecution unable to produce any evidence in the matter, Tek Singh was acquitted by the court.
Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar told PTI that the 17-year-old accused, a resident of Dombivali here, used to visit the girl when her parents and brother were away from home and repeatedly raped her between October, 2017 and February this year.
The 14-year-old boy has been booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, said Omkar Singh, Sherpur police outpost incharge.
Police said an FIR under sections of rape and POCSO Act against an unknown person has been registered at M S Park Police Station and that they have started investigation.
The girl informed her parents after which a complaint was lodged. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 was registered, he said, adding a probe was on.
The judge in his order said the sentencing will “set an example in the society that everyone needs to abide by the laws.”
Muzaffarnagar: The accused took the girl to a nearby sugarcane field, where he raped her on Friday.