Seven students of a school in Bhandup went to the wooded area near Powai Lake to hang out last month. After reaching the location, six of them ganged up on the last one, a 14-year-old boy. He was forced to take off all his clothes and dance naked to songs played by one of the accused.
The six then inserted a wooden stick in his private parts. The police claim that one of the accused recorded the whole misdeed on his mobile phone, which is what brought the crime to light. They allegedly also posted the video on a website.
The incident took place on the afternoon of October 16 and the FIR was registered on October 31. According to the police, five of the six accused are minors.
The sixth one is 19 and has been identified as Sachin Dhananjay Kulkarni aka Chingya.
The crime came to light when a Std X student from the same school showed the video to a schoolteacher, after which he informed the principal, who called the parents of the six
allegedly involved in committing the crime and showed them the appalling video. The principal then asked the parents of the ragging victim to file a police complaint.
All the parents and the accused reported to Bhandup police station. Officials were dispatched to the crime spot, but they learnt that the location of the crime fell under the jurisdiction of Powai police. The families then went to Powai police station, where a complaint was lodged and the accused were arrested rightaway.
Cops said that the victim didn’t inform anyone about the incident, as the accused had threatened him that they would file a complaint with the police, accusing him of stealing money from them if he told anyone.
All the accused have been booked under sections 377 (unnatural sex), 292 (obscenity), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, and also sections 4, 6, 8, 10, 14 and 15 of the Child Protection Act.
While the minors accused in the case have been sent to the Dongri children’s remand home, Kulkarni has been sent to jail.