An official claimed on Saturday that three males were nabbed in Vasai, Maharashtra’s Palghar district, for allegedly gang-rapping a 17-year-old orphan girl.
He said that, in addition to group rape, the accused sexually attacked her on many times between November 2020 and August this year.
Following her mother’s abandonment of the family, the youngster moved in with her father in a rented residence.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Pradeep Jadhav stated that after his death in November last year, the landlord asked the girl to leave, and she ended up living on a Vasai footpath.
“A police crew discovered the girl loitering near the Vasai railway station on August 3. When they inquired about her origins, she was unable to provide any information because she appeared to be traumatized. The police then took the help of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and some NGOs to talk to the girl,” he said.
The teen was also sent for a medical examination, which revealed that she had been sexually assaulted, the DCP said. However, she only took the name of one Ajay, based on which the police started the probe, Jadhav said.
The girl later opened up and started sharing information. She said that she resided in Vasai with her father after her mother left them. In November 2020, her father died and the house owner evicted her. After that the girl started roaming on the streets and resided on footpaths, where she was sexually assaulted several times, he said.
“Based on this information, the police formed teams to probe the case and checked the CCTV footage. Finally, on August 10, the prime accused in the case, Ajay Kumar Vinod Jaiswal (34), was nabbed, who confessed to the crime and also revealed the names of his associates,” Jadhav said.
Accordingly, the remaining two accused – Munna Yadav (28) and Akram Choudhari (34) – were arrested on Friday, police said.
Police have registered an offence against the trio under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape), 376 (D) (gang-rape) of the IPC and also section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
Vasai railway police inspector Bapusaheb Bagal said that girl is traumatised.
“We are taking the assistance of the counsellors. The girl will be rehabilitated and given vocational training,” he said.