DNA test shows minor victim was forced to marry ‘wrong’ accused

Test shows father of her child to be arrested man in custody, while second accused whom she married is absconding in Saudi.

The child born to a minor victim, who was allegedly gang-raped in June 2012 at Amboli, belongs to the accused arrested by the police, and not to the second accused whom she was allegedly forced to marry by the police – so says a DNA report.

After the incident was reported, it is alleged that an inspector, a constable and local corporator from Amboli had pressured the girl’s family to settle the case and get her married to one of the accused, Maksud Ansari. Following the marriage, however, Ansari went missing and is believed to be in Saudi Arabia.

However, last month, the division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice P D Kode set up a Special Investigation Team, which arrested Ashokkumar Gaud, alias Sonu, the second accused who allegedly raped the now 15-year-old girl.

On Wednesday, the DNA report given to the court revealed that the arrested accused Gaud – and not Ansari, whom she married – was the father of the child born in February 2013.

The SIT head, Assistant Commissioner of Police Samadhan Dhanedhar, has filed an affidavit in HC as well, saying that they have written to Saudi Airlines to obtain Ansari’s visa details.

‘Badgered by sit’s questions’

Meanwhile, the victim’s father, represented by advocates Shrinivas Bobde and Wesley Menezes, had told the court during the last hearing that the victim was being badgered by SIT’s questions. Dhanedhar’s affidavit, however, blamed the NGO helping the family, for interfering in recording of statements of the victim’s mother and sister.

The advocates raised strong objection to this, saying that a comparison between the victim’s original statement to police in January 2013, and that recorded by SIT last month, would show the difference.

The court adjourned the case till August 20, when SIT is likely to reveal steps taken against the policemen who allegedly forced the girl to marry the absconding accused.
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