The Naupada police in Thane arrested two men on Monday for allegedly raping a 14-year-old mentally challenged girl repeatedly. The crime came to light only when the victim’s aunt realised the girl was three months pregnant.
Ganesh Wagh (24) and Ganesh Borde (40), the accused, were booked under Sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act.
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According to the Naupada police, the victim is an orphan and mentally challenged, living with her aunt. In November 2014, around 8:00 am one day as the victim was on her way to school, Wagh offered to treat her to snacks and took her inside an eatery nearby.
He allegedly pulled down the shutter of the eatery and molested her. The victim resisted and tried to raise an alarm, following which he grabbed her by the throat and threatened to kill her if she made a sound. The police claim that Wagh then forced himself on her.
Learning about the rape, Wagh’s acquaintance Borde allegedly blackmailed the victim and raped her repeatedly. The police claim that Borde intimidated her by telling her that would tell everyone in her school and her locality about the incident and defame her.
According to Police Sub Inspector Raghunath Hadpe, the victim’s aunt, the complainant in the case, told the police that the victim was vomiting and “showed signs of pregnancy”. “The victim is studying in VIII standard. She appeared to be very innocent and numb to the entire episode,” Hadpe added. The victim identified both the culprits, who have admitted to the crime.