On 19 December, police in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra arrested a man for allegedly luring a 17-year-old girl into a love affair and then sexually exploiting her for more than a year. The accused has been identified as 28-year-old Ajimuddin Mohammad Sheikh.
It is to be noted that the minor girl became pregnant after repeated sexual assault from the accused, as per the complaint. She gave birth to a child who was later handed over to a government-affiliated child care or ‘snehalaya’ in the district.
A First Information Report (number—1309/2022) was registered at Rahuri Police Station of Ahmednagar district on 17 December 2022.
The father of the victim, a resident of Junakatraz Rasta Bambhori area, told this to the police (screenshot of his statement is also attached below):
On 15 December around 12 in the afternoon, his daughter started feeling pain in her stomach. They took her to a doctor in Bambori area. The doctor suggested Sonography (diagnostic ultrasound). Then he took her daughter to Valjhade hospital in Rahuri. After the test, the doctors told him that his daughter was pregnant. The doctors added that the minor would have to undergo an operation immediately for the delivery.
The father took his daughter to another hospital, named Aher hospital. There the doctors performed the delivery. His daughter gave birth to a girl child.
he complainant further said that since his daughter had the child before her marriage, he feared that the child would tarnish their image in society. Hence, he told the doctor that he cannot take the child home.
The doctor then called up the nearby Anganwadi, who talked to the girl. The Anganwadi volunteer asked her who the father of the child was.
The minor named Ajimuddin Mohammad Sheikh, a resident of Katrad Rahuri. She said that in March 2022, she came in contact with Ajimuddin over the phone. Then he called her to meet him, where he made physical relation with her forcefully.
In May she found out that she was pregnant. When she told Ajimudiin, he asked her to terminate the pregnancy. He said that if she did not do so, he would tell everyone in her village. Scared, the girl did not tell anyone about this.
The girl’s father gave the baby to the child home and told everything to the police.
The girl is 17 years and 7 months old, and Ajimuddin should be arrested, the statement of the father concludes here.
As per news reports, the father of the girl told the media that he had sent his daughter to his relative’s house.
The minor girl told the media that tha accused made her relations with her twice in March.
As per reports, Sub-Inspector Sandeep Matke and Inspector Pratap Darade of Rahuri Police took cognizance of the incident and initiated action against the accused. He was arrested on December 19, two days after the FIR was filed.
See a local news report attached below:
The accused has been booked under IPC sections 376(2)(n) (repeated rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation), and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) Sections 5(j)(2), 5(l) and 6.
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