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Minor boy fakes own kidnapping

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
By Zuber Ansari

 ...but sexual assault confirmed

In a mind-boggling case, a minor faked his own kidnapping by misleading the  police, who were unable to identify the kidnappers according to the boy's claims.

The victim, Karan Sharma (name changed to protect identity) had claimed that he had ran away from home before taking a train from Kurla Terminus, and getting off at Bhusawal Railway Station (in Maharashtra). He then called his father and told him that he was kidnapped and sexually assaulted, a story that he managed to cook up convincingly .

The father brought the victim to Mumbai on May 7 and filed a complaint with the Vikhroli Police on the same day. The police pressed charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and unnatural sex against unidentified accused and asked the 17-year-old to undergo medical tests. The FIR charged the accused under Sections 363 and 377 of the IPC and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012. 

Sharma’s medical examination revealed that he had been sexually assaulted. The sleuths, however, found that some of the so-called facts did not match with the case. According to the boy he was kidnapped and raped in a moving Innova car which could not be traced.

CCTV footage of LTT in Kurla and at Vikhroli station showed  the boy  boarding the train. However, no car as per the victim’s statement, could be found. It was then that the police suspected that the whole thing was a lie and that the boy was bluffing.

The minor also retracted his statements a few times, even misleading them, due to which the case seemed to be going in the wrong direction. Officers of the rank of DCP and Additional Commissioner also got involved in the case as it was a serious case of child abuse.

Actually the boy, was   enrolled for Class XI coaching at a centre nearby, which he hardly attended as he regularly bunked classes. On May 5, the day the boy went missing, his father had gone to deliver his lunch when the teacher informed him that he had not come that day, telling them that he asked to be excused due to a family problem.

He found that the boy's phone was unreachable. The next day his son called up and informed him of his location.

The police finally told his father to ask the boy to tell the truth, after which the boy confided that as he was scared of being scolded for bunking classes  he had made up the story about kidnapping, but stated that the assault on him was true.

The cops are probing the case and trying to look for the car which the boy had spoken about in the course of the incident.

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