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Minor girl acquitted of abetting ‘gangrape’ of friend

The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) Saturday acquitted a 15- year-old girl,who was accused of aiding and abetting the gang-rape of her friend,also a minor,in April this year.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | October 22, 2013 1:55:19 am

The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) Saturday acquitted a 15- year-old girl,who was accused of aiding and abetting the gang-rape of her friend,also a minor,in April this year. Denied bail twice by the JJB magistrate and sessions court,the girl was acquitted after the prosecution failed to produce evidence against her.

Vakola police said the juvenile accused had taken her 13-year-old friend to the birthday party of her friend Melvin D’Souza,22,at his residence in Vakola. The incident dates back to April 25. D’souza and his friends Sachin Yadav (22),Bipin Singh (22) and Venkatesh Naidu (20) had allegedly raped the 13-year-old girl.

“The prosecution could not prove the charges,” said Prakash Salsingikar,counsel of the

15-year-old.

Magistrate Shaina Patil said essential ingredients to prove abetment was not produced by the police.The four adult accused are facing trial before the sessions court. The prosecution had claimed that the 15-year-old was present in the house when the other accused had raped the victim. After the victim was dropped back to her residence,she told her parents about the incident. A police case was registered and five persons,including the

15-year-old girl,were arrested.

mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com

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