One accused in Mumbai rape may be a minor

The victim was raped by five men when she had gone to the desolate Shakti Mills premises with a male colleague on an assignment.

MUMBAI: One of the accused in the rape of the 22-year-old photojournalist is a juvenile as per municipal corporation records, an NDTV report says.

Municipal records show that the accused, was born in 1997, which puts his age at 16 years old and as per  law he will be tried in a juvenile court, where, if convicted, the accused will face a maximum jail term of three years.

The grandmother of the accused had claimed that he is 16 years of age.

He was the first to be arrested by the police.

But, the Mumbai Police have maintained that he is not a juvenile and have said that police records indicate that he was 17 years old when he was booked, in 2011, for theft.

Earlier in the day, Mumbai Police took the five accused to the Shakti Mills compound to reconstruct the sequence of events that led to the crime.

The accused were brought to the crime scene at around 1 pm and police questioned them about what happened that day.

The reconstruction of events that led to the crime is also being video-recorded, police sources said.

All five accused - Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, Chand Babu Sattar Shaikh, Mohammed Kasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali and Siraj Rehman Khan - are in the custody of the Mumbai Crime Branch.

On Tuesday, two teams of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Delhi, and the Gujarat Forensic Science Laboratory, thoroughly examined the crime scene for nearly three hours to gather evidence to build a water-tight case against the accused.

The victim, an intern with a magazine, was raped by the five accused when she had gone to the desolate Shakti Mills premises on August 22 with a male colleague on an assignment.

Her colleague was tied up with a belt and beaten.


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