A five-year-old girl who had been missing from her Andheri residence since Sunday was found crying inconsolably and bleeding from her private parts in the forest area in the Aarey Colony on Monday morning by a policeman. A medical examination confirmed sexual assault.
According to police sources, constable Prakash Varange was passing by on his motorcycle on the Aarey Colony Road when he heard a little girl crying. Varange found the girl crying and calling out for her parents. Assuming that she was lost, Varange approached her and found her bleeding from her private parts. He took her to Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle, where doctors confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted.
Varange registered a complaint of rape against unidentified persons with the Aarey sub-police station and circulated the girl’s photo among his policemen friends in an attempt to trace her. He found out that a missing person’s complaint had been filed in the girl’s name with the Sahar police on Sunday.
The police said the girl’s parents had reported her missing and on Monday a complaint of kidnapping was filed.
The victim told the police that an autorickshaw driver, known to her, lured her to him while she was playing outside her house on Sunday, promising to give her chocolates, and then took her to the Aksa beach, where he allegedly raped her. The driver then took her to the forest area in Aarey Colony, saying that he would show her a tiger, and abandoned her there.
“We have registered a case of rape, unnatural sex and kidnapping under the Indian Penal Code and have transferred it to the Sahar police station as the girl had been kidnapped from there,” said senior inspector Vilas Chavan.