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Thursday, 25 March 2010

Divorced Parents wash hands off abandoned & raped 12 year old girl before and after rape

Divorced Parents wash hands off abandoned & raped 12 year old girl before and after rape
Mar 25, 2010
MUMBAI: The 12-year-old Saki Naka rape victim's aunt, Jyotsna Bapat, who took an exemplary stand against her son, has asked the police not to "let him go", but officials say they don't know if "these sentiments will be there forever".

The girl's parents chose not to come to Mumbai with her when she returned to press charges against her rapists, officials said. The parents stayed together in the city till 2005, after which they got divorced and went back to Gujarat. There, they got married again to different partners recently.

"The girl's mother met her when her aunt, Jyotsna Bapat, took her to Bhuj early this month after learning about what was going on. But the mother did not even bother to accompany her back to Mumbai when the Gujarat cops escorted her and her aunt back to file a complaint with us," an officer said.

The girl has apparently not met her father for the last five years. "She was nine months old when she was brought to Mumbai and was brought up by her aunt. It seems the aunt's son got emboldened when the girl's parents got divorced and then never came back," the officer said, adding that the girl hardly talked of her parents to the police. "She is much closer to the aunt," he said.

Officials say the 12-year-old rape victim and her aunt have been kept at an undisclosed place in the city.

The Bapats' family home at Subhash Nagar in Asalfa Village, Saki Naka, has been locked for the past three days.

Security cover has been given to the girl and her aunt, and this will continue till the cops smoke out the five absconding accused, including the victim's cousin, Dhaval.

Saki Naka senior police inspector S R Dhanedhar declined to comment on the whereabouts of the girl and her aunt but said the police had taken precautionary measures till the five absconders were held.

Investigators say the MMS clip recorded on Dhaval's mobile phone will help them wrap up the case. "His phone will be sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina to verify the content," an investigator said

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