Hyderabad: 5 minors booked for raping teen girl
The Hyderabad Police has registered a case against five minors, including an MLA's son, for the alleged gang rape of a teenage girl last week. The girl's father filed a complaint at the Jubilee Hills Police Station on Wednesday. A case was registered under Sections 354 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 9 read with 10 of the POCSO Act.
The girl's father said in his complaint that his 17-year-old daughter had gone to a party at a pub in Jubilee Hills on Saturday. Around 5:30 pm, a few boys took her out of the pub in a car. She was then assaulted in the car and sustained minor injuries to her neck. She was able to identify only one of the accused.
The police said that all the accused belonged to "politically influential" families. An MLA's son was also allegedly part of the group, however, he might not be directly involved in the gang rape. The police said that initially a rape case was filed on the basis of the girl's father's statement. However, after the girl's statement, sections under the POCSO Act were also added.
The police said that the girl had befriended one of the boys at the party. Following this, she left the party with the boy and his friends. They also went to a pastry shop. They then parked the car in the Jubilee Hills area and reportedly took turns raping her. The MLA's son is believed to have run away before others committed the crime.
The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Telangana unit accused the police of going easy on the accused. Of the five, one is an All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA's son, while another is a minority board chairman's son, it alleged. "We are wondering if police are waiting for clearance from AIMIM chief [Asaduddin] Owaisi or CM KCR to make arrests," a Telangana BJP spokesperson said.