12-yr-old raped by neighbours, cousin since '08
Mar 23, 2010
MUMBAI: A 12-year-old girl, living with her aunt's family in Mumbai after her parents divorced and married other partners in Gujarat, was raped repeatedly for about one-and-a-half years by one of her cousins and his friends and neighbours.
The first time she was raped was in August 2008 and the ordeal stopped only a few days ago after an elderly person in the family came to know of what was happening from neighbourhood gossip. The culprits, including a 71-year-old man from the Saki Naka locality, made use of an MMS clip — of one of the assaults committed some time in 2008 — to blackmail the girl until the family elders came to know of what had been happening.
Four persons, including the 71-year-old man, have been arrested as cops are looking for the five other culprits including the girl's cousin, Daval Bapat.
The girl has been staying in Mumbai since she was nine months old. Her parents, however, divorced in 2005 and returned to their Gujarat hometown in Bhuj district where both remarried a couple of months back. She was left in the care of her aunt (mother's sister), Jyotsna Bapat, who stays with her younger son, Daval (24), and husband; her elder son had moved to Dubai some years back.
It was in August 2008 that Daval first raped the girl, who was studying in class VI at that time, at home after threatening her at knifepoint. The ordeal had just begun — Daval would rape her whenever his parents were not there. Later, in the same month, Daval and his friend, Raju Sharma, took her to a lodge in Kurla where they raped her. It was that day that both also made an MMS clip of their perversion.
Gradually, seven other neighbours became part of the gang that would just pick her up when they felt like it.
This went on till this month, when an elderly relative (Jyotsna's uncle) came to know of the horror. He immediately told Jyotsna and advised her to take the girl away to her maternal uncle's place in Bhuj.
No one there was, however, told of the reason for the girl's sudden transportation to Bhuj and things would have stayed like that if one of the accused, Raju, had not had the temerity of calling her up on Jyotsna's mobile phone. "You come back or your aunt will face the consequences," he threatened her. The girl could not take it any more; she broke down, leading to the unfolding of the horror tale.