14-yr-old survivor's aunt has also been arrested for being in collusion with the 40-yr-old accused; cops say she helped cover up the crime after the girl confided in her
A tantrik was arrested on Thursday for repeatedly raping a 14-year-old girl from Bihar. Cops said that the victim, who is originally from Bihar, had been brought to the city one-and-a-half months ago by one of her relatives to work as a maid. According to Mahim police officials, the accused, Mohmmad Siddiqui (40), was a frequent visitor at the survivor’s aunt Hasina’s house, where the girl was staying. On Monday, he forced himself on the girl when there was no one in the house.
The teen told her aunt Hasina about what had happened, but she did nothing. For the next three days, Siddiqui brutalised her when she was alone at home. “The girl’s relative has been supporting the accused; after the teenager narrated her ordeal to Hasina, she tried to cover up the matter. The girl was almost quarantined in the house, because of which she could not say anything to anybody else for a few days.
The secrecy lasted for three consecutive days until, finally, on Thursday, she got a chance to get out of the house. That is when she contacted one of their neighbours and told him about the incident,” said an officer from Mahim police station. Following the teenager’s disclosure, the neighbours traced Siddiqui’s residence in Kurla and lured him to come to Mahim to attend to one of his clients. When the accused went to Mahim, the neighbours confronted him and forcibly took him to Mahim police station, where an FIR was registered in the matter.
A resident of the area, Sarfaraaz Ansari, said, “We called the accused from his residence in Kurla and then took him to the police station.” Siddiqui and Hasina have been booked under sections 376 (rape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. They were arrested immediately after the case was registered at the police station. While the survivor was asked to undergo medical tests, Siddiqui was produced in the Bandra metropolitan magistrate’s court and was remanded in police custody.