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Rapist's friends threaten his victim with gang rape

A 12-year-old girl raped after being kidnapped a month ago is now under threat from the rapist's friends. The people harassing her now had helped the key accused a month ago to kidnap and rape her, the victim’s parents said.

Goregaon rape victim

The minor’s neighbour, Karina, allegedly threatened her parents that their daughter would be made to go through the same violence again. “I will kidnap your girl again if you don’t leave here,” the neighbour reportedly told the victim’s parents, who live at Ram Mandir Road in Ghatkopar (W). “This time, your girl will be gang-raped by more than a dozen men,” she reportedly said. Karina also threatened the child, saying that what had happened to her was just a “trailer” of more ghastly things to come.

Karina’s associate Iqbal, also accused of threatening the girl, strips and urinates in front of the 12-year-old’s house every now and then, her harried parents said. On November 26, Karina and Iqbal introduced the 12-year-old girl to the rape accused Budharam Chaudhary (30). They asked her to go with him in an autorickshaw, tempting her by saying that he would give her things like food and new clothes.

The unsuspecting girl agreed to go with the accused. But Chaudhary kidnapped her and took her to Rajasthan. Unable to find her, the minor’s family registered a missing complaint with the Goregaon police station the next day. Her mother told the police that the last time she saw her daughter was with Karina and Iqbal.

Police then detained the two, who confessed that they had ‘sold’ the child to Chaudhary and did not know of their whereabouts. Cops tracked down the address of one Budharam Chaudhary, who lived at Nalasopara and hailed from Rajashtan. Since he was not at home, officers picked up his elder brother and other relatives for investigation.

The kin told the police that Budharam was in Rajasthan. Finally, he was spotted at Borivli station, along with the girl, on December 9. He was arrested and the victim was rescued. Chaudhary had raped her over five times in the 12 days after he kidnapped her, medical reports stated.

Police sources said that Karina would often trade the minor with other men in flesh trade. She would lure her with money, and sell her to solicitors. She and Iqbal have not been arrested despite their role in our daughter’s rape, the 12-year-old’s parents said. Chaudhary is in police custody.

Senior Police Inspector of Goregaon police station Arun Jadhav said, “Earlier, we had registered a missing complaint, but after investigations, filed a kidnapping case. The accused, had who fled to Rajasthan, was arrested a few days later from Borivli in December. That is when we registered a rape case, as the medical reports had confirmed it.” He added, “If the victim is being harassed and threatened by aides of the key accused, we will investigate the matter and arrest them.”  

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