One of the five accused in the alleged gangrape of the photojournalist in Mahalaxmi is a minor,according to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. His date of birth is recorded as February 26,1997.
This suspect was the first to be arrested by the Mumbai Police,and his age has been in dispute since Friday,the day after the crime in the Shakti Mills compound. While police have repeatedly said the suspect is 19,the grandmother of the accused has produced a document a hospital post-natal card that shows he is only 16.
The Indian Express has accessed a copy of the suspects birth certificate from BMCs G-South ward office in Lower Parel. It has the same date of birth as claimed by the grandmother. The date of registering the birth,as per civic records,is March 18,1997. The certificate number is 751735944.
The names of the father and the mother,along with the residential address as mentioned in the certificate issued by the G-South ward match the accused,who is from a slum in the Dhobi Ghat area.