In a shocking incident of atrocities on children, two minor boys aged 13 and 10 respectively were allegedly sodomised on last month by theee men in Powai, Mumbai. Both boys reportedly consumed rat poison after the incident.
The 13-year-old boy, died on 12 July after he had been admitted in the civic-run KEM hospital. The cops suspect that the victim’s 10-year-old friend, who also committed suicide on 12 July by consuming poison, may have been sodomised by the same men.
The accused had allegedly threatened the victims that they would kill their family members if they reported the crime back home or the police, said police sources. Both the boys drank poison without informing their parents about the crime. However, the 13-year-old did reveal about the rape when he was admitted to hospital after consuming poison.
The boys had been intercepted while they were on their way to attend tuition classes in their locality. Dr Sunil Kadam, ex-forensic expert at the state-run JJ Hospital, said post-mortem of the 10-year-old boy’s body might not be helpful.
“The result of the sodomy test depends on the amount of decomposition of the body, as it was buried almost two weeks ago. The post-mortem report might not be able to prove anything, if the body was not medicated with the preserving chemicals, and the result might not be fruitful at all,” quoted the doctor.
The police has unsuccessfully questioned 50 persons so far in the case but has not been able to zero in on the men who allegedly sodomised the two boys. The mother of the 13 year old informed the police, that her son, before breathing his last, did confess about the fear due to which he and his friend consumed poison.
The Powai police has registered a case of sodomy under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (Unnatural offences), read with relevant sections of the POCSO Act. This incident is as gruesome as any other rape incident in India where the victim dies due to physical or mental harassment and torture.
However, we as a society are prompt to raise an alarm or create media hype only if it is a woman or a girl child. There are several cases of boy child abuse which needs to be addressed adequately and with immediate effect.
Would the police investigation have been the same if it were minor girls instead of these ill fated boys? We need to be as sensitive to our vulnerable boys as we are rightly to our girls/women in general.