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Questions are being raised if Mumbai police is trying to mask a case of sexual abuse of a minor housemaid following its failure to apply Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to the suicide of the 17-year-old domestic help on March 6 in Goregaon, irrespective of the fact that post-mortem report mentions injuries caused by sexual violence, including sodomy.
A month after the girl, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a Kandivali housing society, the police seems to have not questioned the employers. In fact, her parents in UP have also not been informed that the girl was sexually abused.
The Malad police have filed an accidental death report (ADR) only. The post-mortem was conducted at the Bhagwati Hospital. Doctors there have clearly mentioned sexual abuse in the report.
The Malad police; however, sent a new set of queries to the doctors a few days after receiving the post-mortem report with one of the questions being, “whether the post-mortem revealed sexual abuse?” Dr Shantanu Chavan, who had conducted the autopsy, again confirmed sexual violence in his reply. The police still did not register an FIR under POCSO.
Investigating officer, Rupali Tarage, stated that she was waiting for a report from the Kalina Forensic Laboratory. Doctors at Bhagwati Hospital state that never have they come across a case where the police is taking so long to convert an ADR in to an FIR and add POCSO in the suicide of a minor when it has been informed twice that sexual violence was involved.
The maid’s father was shocked to know that the police had concealed the information about his daughter’s sexual abuse for so long. He mentioned that his daughter’s employer paid him Rs. 3 lakh when he was in Mumbai to collect his daughter’s body.