Po­lice ar­rest two for rap­ing 5-yr- old

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Two peo­ple from Kopar Khairane were ar­rested on Fri­day for al­legedly rap­ing a five- year- old girl.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the two ac­cused live in the same build­ing as the girl.

The first ac­cused Sam­sud­din Kazi, 65, sex­u­ally as­saulted the girl in July. Find­ing her alone in the build­ing one day, he raped her.

How­ever, the girl did not tell it to any­one as she was too scared.

The sec­ond ac­cused, Mansur Kazi, 33, com­mit­ted the same crime on Wed­nes­day. He sex­u­ally as­saulted the mi­nor.

He told the girl not to re­veal the in­ci­dent to any­one else and threat­ened her with dire con­se­quences if she did.

“This time, how­ever, the girl mus­tered courage and t old her mother about t he in­ci­dent. The mother im­me­di­ately filed a com­plaint,” said Satish Gaik­wad, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion.

When t he mother asked the girl whether she had been as­saulted ear­lier, the mother was in for a shock.

“The mother then asked if she was as­saulted by any­one else ear­lier. It was only then she told her about the in­ci­dent that took place in July,” he said.

The mother then ap­proached the po­lice and reg­is­tered an FIR.

Fol­low­ing the FIR reg­is­tered by the girl’s mother, the po­lice ar­rested both the ac­cused on Fri­day.

T hey have been booked un­der sec­tion 376 (pun­ish­ment for rape) and 506 ( pun­ish­ment for crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code ( IPC) and sec­tion 4 of Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act, 2012.

They were pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Satur­day and have been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody for three days.

The po­lice are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing if the two ar­rested men have any past record of sim­i­lar crimes.

“We are try­ing to find out if the ac­cused had as­saulted other chil­dren in the build­ing. So far, we have not found any crim­i­nal record against them,” said an­other po­lice of­fi­cer.

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