Girl stages own kid­nap­ping to spend night at friend’s house

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Faisal Tan­del faisal.tan­del@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: A 16-year-old girl from Kalyan staged her own kid­nap­ping to spend the night at her 19-year-old friend’s place in Dom­bivli.

The po­lice reg­is­tered a kid­nap­ping case on Mon­day, traced the girl on Tues­day and handed her over to her fam­ily. They ar­rested the youth for kid­nap­ping. The girl lives in Kalyan and is a Class 10 stu­dent. Her friend is an engi­neer­ing stu­dent.

“On Novem­ber 23, the girl left her house around 1.30pm on the pre­text of get­ting her school bag re­paired. She boarded a lo­cal from Vit­thal­wadi sta­tion, got down at Dom­bivli and went to the youth’s house,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer from Kalyan po­lice sta­tion.

Her par­ents and el­der brother called and texted her. She replied, say­ing that she had been kid­napped and that the ac­cused was go­ing to sell her. The par­ents reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tion 363 (pun­ish­ment for kid­nap­ping) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code. “We won­dered how a kid­napped girl could send a text mes­sage from her phone. Then we be­gan trac­ing her mo­bile,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The of­fi­cer said that on Tues­day she texted her el­der brother, say­ing that she had es­caped from the clutches of the kid­nap­per and was in a train. “She said that she was wear­ing a burqa, and had taken the help of a woman to es­cape. With the help of sources and tech­nol­ogy, we traced her to Dom­bivli rail­way sta­tion, and handed her over to her fam­ily on Tues­day night. We have taken the youth into cus­tody,” added the of­fi­cer.

The girl told the po­lice that she wanted to spend the night at her friend’s house. “The boy claimed that she gave him the false as­sur­ance that she was alone and had no fam­ily,” said the of­fi­cer. The youth was pro­duced in court on charges of kid­nap­ping and was re­leased on bail.

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