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Youth booked for rape tries to end life

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Befriended 17-year-old girl on Instagram

A 22-year-old man on Thursday tried to end his life by eating glass pieces after he was booked by the Sanpada police for raping a 17-year-old Vashi resident after befriending her on Instagram.

“We had called him to the police station for interrogation and that is when he said that he had consumed glass pieces. We did not arrest him and admitted him to JJ Hospital. A few pieces can be seen in the X-ray and he is under treatment,” said senior police inspector Suraj Padvi of the Sanpada police.

According to the complainant, she knew the accused through a friend and hence befriended him on social media. In October, the accused initiated chats with the complainant and later met her at her college. He told her that his mother wanted to meet her and took her to his residence at Moraj Residency in Sanpada. There was nobody at his house and the accused allegedly raped her and took photos of her. He threatened to make her photos viral and forced her to have physical relations with him. Mr. Padvi said, “After the girl started avoiding him, he made a video of her photos and uploaded it on YouTube for half-an-hour and deleted it. Her brother watched the video and told her about it, after which she filed a case.”

The accused’s mother works at a hospital and his father is a Central government employee. “The accused has a history of psychiatric issues and has undergone treatment in Classes V and X. He did not pursue studies after finishing Class XII two years ago,” Mr. Padvi said. The accused has been booked under Sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, and sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Information Technology Act.

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