According to the latest development in the Balgram case, officials of the Yerawada police station booked president of the establishment Rajanikant Nensee and caretaker Sunita Bansode for their negligence in the case wherein a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 14-year-old boy, staying in the same home, on November 26.
Investigating officer Sub Inspector R J Lokhande said, “The Child Welfare Committee had issued several notices and notification to Balgram since 2011, but they have failed to segregate boys and girls which has led to this recent rape case.”
He added that Nensee was arrested under Section 21 of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act. Similarly, caretaker Bansode was arrested for showing negligence in her work. Both the suspects were produced in the sessions court and were released on bail.
Meanwhile, the girl’s mother has lodged a complaint against Youth Hostel Director Bhairavnath Matkar of using objectionable language and making obscene gestures towards her on Sunday. The Yerawada police booked Matkar under Section 509 of the IPC yesterday. API Shivaji Bendre said Matkar would be arrested only after officials are able to collect substantial evidence against him.
Speaking to MiD Day, the girl’s mother said Matkar made her uncomfortable by making obscene gestures and even offered her that she should come and stay with him if she wishes her children should be accepted back in Balgram. The girl’s mother complained to Balgram authorities that her children were deeply traumatised as staff and other children at the home had been ridiculing here since the rape incident.