Pune: Initially reluctant to register a case of sodomy claiming that since accused is juvenile it won’t be of ‘much use’, now police has found that accused teenager is above 18years of age. What’s worse is that after nine-year-old boy complained of sodomy on Cricket ground, another victim has come forward claiming the same. In its Thursday’s edition, dna had published an article about nine-year-old boy who was allegedly sodomised by his acquaintance after luring him to a lonely spot while they were playing cricket.
The arrested person has been identified as Ishaq Lal Mohammad Shaikh (18), a resident of Ishratbaug in Mohammadwadi.
Inspector in-charge of Kondhwa police station, Pandharinath Mandhare, said, “As soon as we registered the case against Shaikh for abusing an nine-year-old boy, another parent came ahead complaining that their 12-year-old boy was also sodomised a month back and said that same person had done the heinous act but they had remained mum out of fear. Shaikh is a school drop out. Initially, his parents claimed that he is 15-year-old but as per his school certificates, his age is mentioned as 18 years.”
Mandhare added that further investigations revealed that Shaikh would lure young boys who came to play on cricket grounds and take them to public toilets to search for lost cricket balls. There he would forcefully make them sleep on ground and have unnatural sex and later force them to clean up and later treat them to ice-cream. He also issued death threats to the victim asking them to keep quite about the act.
Shaikh was arrested under the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code comprises of unnatural offence and an act done by them with common intention and also under the relevant sections of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act.
On Thursday, Shaikh was produced before the special judge S D Darne and has been remanded to police custody for three days. The 8-year-old boy meanwhile, is undergoing treatment for internal injuries at Sassoon General Hospital and is out of danger.