Olidih area in Jamshedpur, where the girl was allegedly raped. (Animesh Sengupta)
A 32-year-old married man with a criminal record has been accused of raping his 17-year-old neighbour in densely populated Mango area of Jamshedpur in the small hours of Wednesday.
According to the FIR lodged with Olidih police, Mango, the girl was accosted and raped around 12.30am by one Mohammed Firoz when she had gone to the toilet on the courtyard of her home in Hayatnagar area.
The FIR stated that the accused sprayed “an intoxicant” on her to prevent her from raising an alarm.
In the morning, the victim, a matriculate and one among three siblings, lodged an FIR against Firoz — he was released from jail on bail last week after a three-month stay in a case related to a petrol bunk robbery on NH-33 — with Olidih police. Police sent her to MGM Medical College and Hospital for her medical examination.
“The man was hiding near our toilet. As soon as my daughter came, he gagged her mouth with his hand, sprayed something on her face to make her semi-unconscious and raped her in an alley,” the victim’s mother alleged. “We found her lying in the alley after a prolonged search,” she added.
Olidih officer-in-charge Mahesh Prasad confirmed an FIR was lodged against Firoz, charging him with rape. “By the time we reached Hayatnagar, the accused had fled,” he said.
Another policeman of Olidih, however, said the girl was in love with Firoz and had willingly gone on a rendezvous.
“She was spotted by her elder sister while slipping off to meet him past midnight. But as he is married and a jailbird, her family members were upset to know about her involvement with him. They forced her to lodge an FIR,” the police officer, probing into the incident, said.
In India, the new anti-rape bill, which put in place tougher laws after the Delhi gang rape tragedy, retained the age of consent for sex as 18. So, a 17-year-old’s allegations will be treated with seriousness.
However, OC Prasad admitted there were several questions that the victim needed to answer.