A 16-year-old boy in Mumbai went to the police with a horrific tale of sexual abuse, telling them that he was subjected to repeated rape for over a year by 15 teens in his locality.
According to The Indian Express, the resident of Andheri was first raped in 2016 by a friend at the friend's home, who recorded the incident on his phone and threatened to leak it, should the victim spoke about it to anyone. The boy, scared of informing his family about the assault, kept his silence, but the ordeal just got worse over the months.
The alleged rapist is believed to have shared the video clip with his some of his friends, who soon cornered the boy and blackmailed him into having sex with them as well. For at least four times in one year, the last being only two weeks ago, the boy was forced to have sex with 15 teenagers at a playground near a school. He was beaten if he refused to oblige.
Lately, one of the accused had demanded money from the boy to eat at a restaurant. Since he didn't have the cash, it led to another round of assault. Unable to bear the pain, the boy, at last, confided in a friend, who took him to a social worker. The boy was persuaded to go to the police with him.
Based on his testimony, the DN Nagar police have charged all 15 under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Seven of the accused have been detained so far, a search is on to trace the others. A medical examination on the boy proved repeated sexual assault.
The incident comes on the heels of another teenaged boy in Mumbai who was allegedly raped by four men. He recently died of multiple organ failure after trying to commit suicide by drinking rat poison. His friend, a 10 year old, is believed to have been a victim of the same crime, and had also died under treatment.
According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 14,913 cases were registered under POCSO in 2015, a steep rise from 8,904 cases in 2014. Despite the high number of cases registered, 2015 saw only 1,072 convictions. A great many cases of child sexual assault are also registered under Section 377 of the IPC.
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