Another case of sexual assault has been recorded in Maharashtra, this time in Ulhasnagar, a day after a 34-year-old woman died after being violently raped in the Mumbai neighbourhood of Sakinaka.
Railway police stated today that a 15-year-old girl was raped in a railway lodging on the Ulhasnagar station grounds on Friday night. The offender has been apprehended and a complaint has been filed under the IPC and the Protection Of Children From Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
The 15-year-old girl was returning from Shirdi, according to Railway Police Commissioner Qaisar Khalid. She exited at Bhiwandi bypass and travelled to Kalyan, where she caught a local train to Ulhasnagar.
She met two friends and drove home after getting off about 9 p.m. The accused approached them as they were walking on the station’s skywalk.
According to authorities, the accused used a hammer to scare away the girl’s companions. He is said to have kidnapped her and taken her to a disused railway station approximately 50 metres from the skywalk. The accused reportedly attacked and raped the 15-year-old there. The child was kept there for the whole night.
She managed to get out the next morning and took a passer-phone by’s to call her friend, who urged her to go to the local police station.
According to the Railway Police Commissioner, two police stations refused to file the girl’s complaint on the ground that the crime did not take place in their jurisdiction. He said it will be probed why her complaint was not filed.
“We conducted the victim’s medical examination and she is receiving counselling. A forensic team has examined the spot and investigation is on,” Mr Khalid said.
“We conducted a background check on the accused and found that there are many cases against him in Thane city for offences such as theft,” he added.
“We are looking into how to avoid such incidents again, especially in railway areas that have poor lighting and are deserted,” he said.