The Thane police have detained a 17-year-old ice cream parlour employee for allegedly raping his teenage colleague at their workplace in a mall.
The suspect has been charged under the Indian Penal Code as well as the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
According to the Vartak Nagar police, the suspect and the victim, also 17 years old, joined the ice cream parlour in Viviana Mall in Thane (west) around six months ago and became friends over the last few months.
“On Sunday morning, before the weekend rush began, the suspect forced himself on the victim. The victim brought the matter to the notice of the manager later in the day, who immediately contacted her father,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Balasaheb Patil, Zone V, Thane.
The victim’s father took her home and the family discussed the matter among themselves before approaching the police on Monday night. The victim was subjected to several medical tests at the Thane Civil Hospital.
On Monday morning, the police sent a team to the ice cream parlour and picked up the suspect. The police said he was not aware that the victim had told the manager about the incident. Preliminary inquiries have revealed that the suspect had tried to get
physical with the victim a couple of times in the past, but she did not know that it would lead to something serious, the police said.
“We have sent the suspect to the juvenile remand home in Bhiwandi,” said senior inspector Nitin Bangale.