Investigation has revealed the accused hatched a conspiracy to sexually assault the minor and had been tracking her movement for nearly 40 days, while also conducting a recce of the area, said police sources.
The girl’s neighbour, who is among the five held so far, also admitted to stalking her for several months, said a source.
“Initially the accused persons tried to mislead the police by cooking up a false story, but they broke down during sustained questioning and confessed they had been observing her daily routine,” added the source.
Police said three of the accused are cab drivers and another is pursuing a correspondence course for Class XII.
The minor’s kidnapping and gangrape has hit Delhi at a time when debates are raging over crimes against women as well
as the impending release of the juvenile convict in the December 16, 2012, gangrape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who later succumbed to injuries suffered in the brutal assault.
Statistics provided by Delhi Police revealed that in the last three years, five minor girls were allegedly raped in every two days. This is around 46 per cent of the total rape cases reported in the national capital in the corresponding period.
“In 2013, 1,636 rape cases were reported in Delhi of which, in 757 cases, victims were minors. In 2014, 2,166 rape cases were reported… 1,004 pertained to minors. Till October 31 this year, as many as 1,856 rape cases have been reported and in 824 cases, the victims are reported to be below 18 years,” a senior police officer said.
Over 96 per cent of the crimes were committed by relatives and acquaintances of the victim, while only 3 per cent were committed by the strangers, added the officer.
“Of the 1,856 rape cases (reported this year), the accused in 1,800 cases were known to the victim, something which cannot be prevented by the police,” said the officer.
In most of the cases, the accused had easy access to house of victims. Offences were also committed after victims were lured with false promise of marriage, added the officer.