While it may be premature to say that sex crimes by juveniles are spiralling out of control, government data indicates there is indeed cause for concern. In the latest episode, two kids from Vile Parle locked their seven-year-old neighbour in their home, and allegedly tried to rape her.
The girl’s parents and other locals reached the accused’s residence in the nick of time, and rescued her, after finding her missing. Cops were called and they took the boys into custody.
“There was tension in the area after the incident. The accused are 15 and 13 – Std VIII and VII students. They have been charged under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC, and two sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, where bail is not granted. They were produced at the holiday court in Bandra and were sent to Dongri children’s remand home,” said assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Zunjarrao Gharal of Vile Parle division.
The incident occurred late on Saturday evening when the girl was playing near her house. She was, in fact, a regular visitor at the brothers’ house. She entered their place when the accused were alone, watching television.
The teens allegedly removed her clothes and were trying to force themselves upon her when the girl’s parents and neighbours arrived. One of the kids from the area had directed them to this dwelling. They started banging on the door, but the accused refused to open up. In the meantime, one of the locals had called the police, and they too reached the spot. They cracked the door and took the brothers into custody. The girl was handed over to her parents.
The victim was in shock, and inconsolable, while giving her statement to the police. However, following some counselling, she was able to provide all the information.
National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics suggest the number of rapes committed by juveniles has more than doubled over the past decade – from 485 in 2002 to 1,149 in 2011. The report, Crime in India 2011, shows that the number of juveniles apprehended for rape, kidnapping women and molestation was 2,505 as against 2,056 held for murder, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and attempt to murder put together.
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The number of juveniles apprehended for committing rapes in 2012, according to the National Crime Records Bureau