21-year-old held for raping minor

21-year-old held for raping minor

A 21-year-old man was arrested last week for allegedly raping a nine-year-old neighbour at south Delhi's Chanakyapuri. Two days after the arrest, families of five more girls turned up at the local police station to allege that he was a serial rapist.

They accused him of raping their daughters and claimed that it was going on for the past two months.

The girls told police that Johny Ghosh used to lure them to his room on the pretext of sharing tea and snacks.

They alleged that Ghosh used to touch them indecently before forcing himself on them. A couple of them accused him of threatening with a knife and drugging before sexually assaulting them.
When police confronted Ghosh with allegations made by other girls, aged between 7 and 12 years, he had no choice but to confess to the crimes. The families told police that Ghosh lived on rent in their neighbourhood for past seven years.

Police said the crime came to light on May 3 when a girl in the area saw Ghosh doing indecent acts with a nine-year-old girl in his room while her mother, a widow, was out for work.

When the girl came out, the other girl told her that she will inform her mother about it. The nine-year-old became scared and the nervousness was visible on her face when she returned home and met her aunt.

“When the aunt asked her why she was looking terrified, the girl broke into tears and narrated the entire incident. In the meantime, her mother also returned home and learnt about the matter.

“The family straightaway went to Ghosh’s room and they entered into an argument when he claimed that the girl was lying,” said a police officer.

Hearing the commotion, some neighbours also arrived and began assaulting Ghosh after they learnt about his crime. The girl mother’s called the police control room and Ghosh was handed over to the Chanakyapuri police.

A case under relevant sections of POCSO Act and IPC was registered and he was arrested. On May 5, the girl while sharing her nightmare with her mother said that she was not the only victim who was victimized by Ghosh.

The mother was shocked when the girl revealed that her elder sister was also subjected to cruelty by Ghosh last month.

The girl also revealed names of four more girls, two belonging to a neighbouring family. When questioned by police, the girl’s elder sister and three others confirmed while one, a relative of the accused, denied it.  Four separate FIRs were registered against Ghosh, a native of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Ghosh was produced before a city court that sent him to Tihar Jail.
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