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Woman offers property to girl to ‘save’ son

The accused is married and has two children.

Written by Meghna Yelluru | Mumbai | November 13, 2014 11:48:16 am

The mother of a 32-year-old man arrested for allegedly abducting and raping a 16-year-old girl offered to give her property to the girl to save him and mentioned it in an affidavit filed before a special court. The man, now in Arthur Road prison, was arrested in August after the girl’s mother complained. The court, refusing to entertain her plea of transferring the property, did not put it on record.

The mother of the accused said in an affidavit filed before a Special Court on Wednesday that the “couple” was planning to tie the knot.

The mother, through lawyer Anjali Patil, told the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act Court that her son had not abducted or raped the teenager. The mother offering to transfer property to the victim was placed before the court in the form of an affidavit.

The accused is married and has two children. According to the prosecution, the girl’s father was known to the accused, and would often visit their house. On August 19, the minor girl’s mother found her missing and tried to get in touch with the accused after searching for her. After not responding to some of the calls, the accused told her that the girl was with him in Goa and he was going to marry her there.

The police booked him under Sections 366 (abduction with intention to marry), 376 (rape) of the IPC and sections of POSCO Act.

His mother had said in the affidavit, “My three children have no objection if the right, title and interest of my room is transferred from my name to the name of the victim.”

The accused sought bail on the ground that they had an affair and he was falsely implicated.

The minor has told police that on August 18, the accused threatened to hurt himself if she did not call him. They duo went to Kerala where, she alleged, the accused raped her. They returned to the city 20 days later and the accused was arrested. The court will pass an order on his bail application on November 13.

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