Boy forced to undergo sex-change surgery; gangraped multiple times: DCW
(Sourced from PTI)
In a horrifying incident, a 17-year-old boy was allegedly forced to undergo a sex-change operation around four years ago and repeatedly raped by a group of men in Delhi's Geeta Colony area, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) stated. The DCW took immediate cognizance of the matter and got an FIR registered in the matter. Two accused have been arrested so far.
"The victim, Shubham (name changed), met the accused at a dance event four years ago. He took him to Mandawali on the pretext of teaching him dance skills and getting him work," the statement said. "He participated in some events and was paid money, but the accused started pressuring him and told him that he has to stay with them at Mandawali," it added.
"The victim was allegedly intoxicated and brutally beaten up. After a few days, he was forced to undergo a sex-change operation. At that time, he was only 13 years old. He said he was given hormones to make him look like a girl," it added. The accused repeatedly raped him and pushed him into prostitution. He was also made to beg on the streets.
He was threatened that if he tells anything to the police or his family, he and his mother would be killed. The victim used to secretly meet his mother when he was sent to buy groceries. Shubham said the accused had guns and other weapons.
During the lockdown in March last year, the boy and another victim managed to flee and went to meet Shubham's mother. She arranged a rented accommodation for them, but the accused found their location in December. Both of them were brutally beaten up and all their belongings were snatched away. The accused again took them to Mandawali and raped them, according to the statement.
"They managed to escape again and reached the New Delhi Railway Station. A lawyer found them at the station and brought them to the DCW office at ITO," the statement said. According to a senior police officer, a case was registered under relevant sections of law in December last year and two of the accused have been arrested.
DCW Chief Swati Maliwal said, "This incident is absolutely shocking and scary. We are now working on the rehabilitation of the victims. Police needs to arrest all the accused as soon as possible and all of them should be given the strongest punishment."