Vijay Jadhav, 19, an accused in the recent gang rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist, had been thrown out of his house by his family a few months ago as they knew he was involved in petty crimes.
Two weeks before the gang rape incident, Jadhav had allegedly molested a 27-year-old woman outside Kurla station. He was nabbed by passers-by and thrashed. But the woman had let him go instead of taking him to the police station and filing a complaint.
Although Vijay’s family, which lives in Virar (East), had disowned him, his mother says her son is innocent in the gang-rape case.
“He has been targeted by his friends. He cannot commit such a heinous offence,” said Vijay’s mother Pramila.
The family has been living in a rented flat at Jai Ambe Park at Kopri village in Virar (East) for the past one year.
“Two weeks ago, he was thrashed by a crowd outside Kurla station. Badly beaten, he managed to escape and came to Virar,” she added.
Although his family was upset with him, Vijay often visited them. “We have distanced ourselves from him,” said Sachin, Vijay’s borther. “We had found porn videos in his cellphone and my dad had thrashed him for that.”
Vijay and four others are accused of raping the woman and beating up her friend in the Shakti Mills compound, close to the Mahalaxmi station. Jadhav, 19, was arrested from a video parlour in Madanpura, Agripada, in the wee hours of Saturday.
After Vijay’s arrest over the gang rape incident, the residents of Jai Ambe Park have asked the family to vacant the flat in two days. “We are ashamed that a rapist lives in our building. We have asked the family to vacate the flat as we don’t want our image to be tarnished. He should be given severe punishment,” said a neighbour.