‘Rape victim’ lied to escape parents’ wrath

The hearing-and-speech impaired girl allegedly cooked up the tale to escape the wrath of her parents who found her missing when they returned home

A 15-year-old girl from Trombay who alleged that she was abducted and gangraped on Wednesday has found herself at the focus of police investigation a day later. The police confronted her based on her medical examination report that ruled out rape. The hearing-and-speech impaired girl allegedly cooked up the tale to escape the wrath of her parents who found her missing when the returned home. She had allegedly been with her boyfriend and lied about being raped because she did not want her parents to find out.

The police will now record her fresh statement in presence of a judicial magistrate to prevent any more flip-flops.

According to Trombay police, the hearing-and-speech impaired girl lives with her parents and three siblings in Sainath Nagar, Chembur, and was brought to Trombay police station on Wednesday night by her parents.

They told the police that she, through sign language, had communicated to them that two unidentified men had kidnapped her while she was on the way to see her teacher, and that she was taken to a public toilet near her house and raped for three hours.

The complaint pressed the police into action, and they registered a complaint of gangrape against unknown persons. By Thursday afternoon, word had spread throughout Sainath Nagar and neighbouring areas, and a large mob gathered outside the police station, demanding speedy action against the perpetrators.

Rajawadi hospital sent reports of the girl's medical examination, which showed no indication of rape.

The development stumped the police. They once again turned to the victim for clarification.

"We had our doubts for a while, as the area the victim named is too crowded for an abduction to go unnoticed, and also, it was quite difficult for a rape to go on for three hours. We once again questioned the victim, and she confessed to having lied to her parents," said Additional Commissioner of police (East region) Quaiser Khaleed.

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