Mumbai Cops rapped over minor 'rapist' custody

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 10:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Expressing doubt over the city police’s decision to keep an underage boy accused in the Shakti Mills rape case in police custody instead of sending him to a juvenile home, the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has decided to write to the Bombay high court about this.

The commission said it feels that the police did not bother to check old references which clearly mention that the boy is 16 years of age. The police said they were unaware of his age at the time of his arrest.

However, the commission’s acting chairperson, Ujjwal Ukke, pointed out that the boy was arrested from the same area in 2011 for theft. “Your office ought to have his records,” said Ukke.

The investigation officer, however, said the boy himself had claimed to be 21 years old. Not accepting this, Ukke said: “It is hard to believe that a boy who is in trouble will state his age as 21 when he is 16. It is possibile the police has tampered with his statement.”

The boy’s advocate, Beena Tendulkar, who attended the hearing said, “The boy was kept in custody from August 24 to 30 in spite of him trying to tell the officers that he was 16 and a half.”

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