A student of Patuk Technical High School and Junior College in Vakola, Santacruz (East), was sexually assaulted by two schoolmates. After six months of the incident, the Vakola police station registered an FIR, but nothing much was done after that. Even the school administration has no interest in taking action against the accused students.
On March 27, the police registered the FIR (copy available with ABI) against the two students under sections 377 (unnatural sex) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC. After registering the FIR, the police considered their job done and virtually closed the file.
According to the FIR, 14-year-old Vishal (victim’s name changed) is a resident of Santacruz (East) and student Patuk Technical High School and Junior College. His father is in the spares business.
On October 4, 2014, Vishal returned home from school. Vishal’s parents noticed that something was wrong with him, as he grew more and more silent. He refused to eat anything. He started acting like a patient who suffers from fits. A little later he fell unconscious. The parents took him to a doctor but there was no improvement. After treating him for three days, the family doctor suggested he be taken to psychiatry experts. A psychiatry expert began Vishal’s treatment. During this time a close woman relative scolded him and the boy could keep things to himself no longer; Vishal narrated the horrific incident to her.
Vishal said that two students of the same standard had sodomised him multiple times. The incidents took place between June 2014 and September 2014 more than 12 times in the school toilet.
The depressed father met school trustee Adil Patuk to complain against the offender students. Adil Patuk assured him that he would take action against the students, but nothing happened. Later Adil Patuk said that the accused students were under treatment of an NGO run by Vilas Joshi, who was then the Senior Inspector at the Vakola police station. Vilas Joshi was later shot by his own police officer inside the police station.
Vishal’s father approached the Vakola police station and saw the real face of Mumbai Police. It was only after cooling his heels at the police station on several occasions that he was finally able to get the police to register an FIR on March 27, 2015.
School sources told Vishal’s father that it was not the first time that the accused had committed such a crime — another student had earlier complained to his parents about the same, but no action was taken The two offenders belonged to influential political families and the Vakola police station officers did not dare to arrest them. Sources said that the two offender students would attend school under the influence of drugs. They also supplied drugs in the college to other students. They were also often seen with firearms in the college.
“One of the school employees who sympathized with me told me that accused students- S**** and D********- are bad-reputation students. They belong to powerful political family. They come to school under the influence of drugs, which they also supply to other students,” said Vishal’s father.
When contacted Mahadeo Dattaram Wavale, Senior Inspector of Vakola Police station said, “We have registered FIR against two students. We have arrested and produced in juvenile court as they were minor. We have also submitted chargesheet into the matter.”