TAMIL NADU

Ayanavaram rape case: prosecution set to open charge on November 27

The prosecution of 17 suspects arrested for the alleged sexual assault of an 11-year-old hearing-impaired girl at an Ayanavaram apartment complex in the city will formally commence on November 27.

The city police had filed a chargesheet against them in September. The rape, which was committed over a period of time, came to light in July last after the girl complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to the hospital.

According to the complaint, the child had been sexually assaulted by the offenders — all service staff in the gated community she lived in — between January 15 and July 5.

Lift operator Ravikumar, 56, initiated the sexual assault. Other offenders followed him.

They reportedly threatened her with knives and photos and videos showing her naked, preventing her from talking to her family, police sources said. All 17 suspects were arrested and detained under the Goondas Act. Last September, the All-Women Police, Ayanavaram, filed chargesheet against them and subsequently they were served copies of the chargesheet.

Charges and evidence

The chargesheets were produced before the Mahila Court on Tuesday and the advocates filed memos authorising them to appear.

The court adjourned the case to November 27 for further proceeding.

On that day, Special Public Prosecutor N. Ramesh will open the case for the prosecution under Section 226 of Criminal Procedure Code, a stage in which the prosecutor will describe the charges against the accused and spell out the evidence against them.

The chargesheets were produced before the Mahila Court on Tuesday