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Victim untraceable,court acquits ‘gangrape’ accused

After cops failed to produce an alleged gangrape victim and her mother in sessions court,the 25-year-old accused has been acquitted of all charges.

Written by SUKANYA SHANTHA | Mumbai |
November 11, 2013 12:50:35 am

After cops failed to produce an alleged gangrape victim and her mother in sessions court,the 25-year-old accused has been acquitted of all charges. The victim is a minor and the alleged crime took place on October 28 last year.

Meanwhile,two juveniles also allegedly involved in the crime were acquitted on the same ground by Juvenile Justice Board.

The victim reportedly left her home on the day of the alleged crime after a fight with her mother.

The girl reached CST where she allegedly met Abdul Rehman Siddiqui,who offered to take her back home.

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The victim went to Bandra with him,where he forcibly took her to a public toilet and,along with two other juvenile friends,allegedly raped her.

She returned to her mother and told her about the incident.

A complaint was registered with Pydhonie police. While police had recorded her statement at the time of registering the complaint,her statement was not registered before a magistrate.

A medical report showed fresh tear marks in the victim’s private parts.

While the report was accepted by the court,principal sessions court judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi observed,“No doubt,the evidence of doctor goes to prove that there were fresh tear marks on the private parts of the prosecutrix (victim),which goes to prove the occurrence of sexual assault. But there has to be the evidence of the prosecutrix herself to prove (it).”

A witness report submitted by the senior police inspector at Pydhonie police station claimed that attempts were made to find the girl and her mother,but they did not find them or anyone who knew their whereabouts.

The victim hails from Uttar Pradesh and is suspected to have left for her native place after the incident.

sukanya.shetty@expressindia.com

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