Dat­ing app case: 4 of 6 get bail in sex as­sault on teen boy

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - @times­group.com

Mumbai: Three months af­ter a mother reg­is­tered a sex­ual abuse case against sev­eral men her 16-year-old son had met on a gay dat­ing app, a spe­cial Pre­ven­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences (Pocso) Act court re­cently granted bail to four of six men who were ar­rested in the case.

The boy in his state­ment to told the mag­is­trate that he had told three of the ac­cused his ac­tual age. In his po­lice state­ment, he named 26 peo­ple with whom he had al­legedly been in­volved sex­u­ally or just chat­ting on the app. He also paid amounts rang­ing from Rs 15,000 to $900 (well over Rs 60,000) to about four of the men he met on the app.

In one of the bail or­ders, al­low­ing the re­lease of a 54year-old busi­ness­man and fa­ther of two teenagers, the court said, “No doubt the vic­tim boy is 16 years old. Howev- er, ap­pli­cant (ac­cused) is also not hav­ing any crim­i­nal an­tecedent. He is not a pro­fes­sional of­fender. It will take time to dis­pose of case on mer­its. Till that pe­riod, keep­ing ap­pli­cant in jail will amount to pre­trial con­vic­tion.”

The mat­ter came to light in May af­ter the boy’s mother caught a 20-year-old old man sneak­ing out of her flat at 3am. The boy said he had bor­rowed In­dian cur­rency from his fa­ther on the pre­text of help­ing out a friend and the dol­lars were trans­ferred with the help of his fa­ther’s credit card. The boy said his par­ents were di­vorced. The boy said that he joined the app last year claim­ing he was an adult.He said he con­fided in his mother in Fe­bru­ary that he liked boys. At this, he said, his mother took him for coun­selling to a doc­tor.

The mother al­leged that the men had taken ad­van­tage of her son de­spite know­ing that he was a mi­nor.

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