A class 7 student aged 13 was allegedly raped by four neighbours in Gamdevi,Santacruz (East),Thursday evening in the presence of her 16-year-old friend,a girl.
The four men Bipin Singh,Sachin Yadav,Venkatesh Naidu and Melwyn DSouza aged 20 to 25 years and the girl witness to the rape have been arrested.
Father of the victim is a watchman and her mother works for a private firm.
Vakola police said the girl was playing outside her residence at 6.30 pm Thursday when the 16-year-old invited her to a birthday party at the house of DSouza nearby.
DSouza,police said,stays with his mother but she was not home at the time. Singh,Yadav and Naidu were already there when the girls arrived.
Mother of the victim found her bleeding when she returned home at 9.30 pm and questione her. The girl said she lost conciousness after DSouza served her drinks. She said she woke up to find her private parts bleeding and paining. I was shocked and rushed her to V N Desai Hospital after informing police, said the mother.
Inspector Jitendra Pawar said the girl was given alcohol and the accused took turns to rape her in the presence of her 16-year-old friend. He said the friend dropped the victim back home around 9.30 pm.
Doctors at V N Desai Hospital confirmed sexual assaulted, said Pawar.
The hospital told us there was a case of rape,following which we recorded statement of the victim and registered an offence against the accused for kidnapping,gangrape and common intent and under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act,2012. The five were arrested from their residences Friday, said sub-inspector Santosh Rasam.
The 16-year-old will be tried before the juvenile justice board. The five accused will be produced before a metropolitan court Saturday, said Rasam.
Yadav is an MTech student at Thakur College,while Naidu works in a theatre.