Panchasyar gang-rape: Kolkata cops pray to try minor accused as adult | Kolkata News

TNN | Updated: Nov 22, 2019, 6:50 IST

The home from which the woman walked out

KOLKATA: A day after a 17-year-old boy was apprehended for the gang-rape of a 36-year-old woman, the police prayed before the Juvenile Justice Board to try him as an adult. The board admitted the plea after listening to his role but asked cops to submit a socio-economic background of the minor so that they can take an informed decision by December 5.
Police said the Class-X dropout had a brother and their father was a daily-wage labourer. The juvenile court on Monday sent him to a home and directed that the cops could question him only at the home and in plain clothes.
According to police, Uttam Ram (26), a taxi driver who was arrested first, had started drinking around 4pm on the day of the crime. He was “accompanied by a friend”. “Ram had asked this friend to wait near the New Garia Metro station at 8pm so that they can go drinking together. Ram reached the friend around 8pm and the two, along with the minor boy, drank inside the taxi. After that, the friend left,” an officer said. “The minor sat in the back-seat, crouched and his head bent. So, could not be seen in the CCTV images.”
Ram had spotted the woman, who had walked out of a Panchasyar care home on the night of November 11, near Peerless Hospital and offered her a lift. “It was the minor boy who first allegedly raped the woman inside the car. Ram took a turn later. It was the minor’s decision to dump her in a secluded spot,” the officer said. Police said they would recreate the scene of the crime.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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