Aurangabad: Dharur Police in Beed district have booked two people – a photographer and his friend – for allegedly raping a minor in the former’s photo studio.
In the offense recorded on Wednesday morning, the accused men were charged with rape as well as sections of the strict Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (Pocso) Act. Citing the complaint, a police officer said a few months ago that the 16-year-old went to the studio to have her picture taken.
The main defendant asked the girl to come the next day to collect the photographs.
After the minor arrived at the studio, the accused raped her while threatening to kill her brother.
After the incident, the accused remained in contact with the girl. Recently, the minor was reportedly called to the studio where the photographer’s friend raped her. The minor was then forced to take an oral contraceptive which caused her health problems.
As the girl’s health deteriorated, she was taken to hospital where the doctor found that she had taken birth control pills. The girl then told everything to her parents. The parent filed a complaint with the police.
Investigator and Assistant Inspector VS Atole said: “The victim first came into contact with the accused in September 2021, when she first went to have her picture taken. Although an offense has been recorded and the accused have been identified, they have not yet been arrested.
Sources said after a breach was recorded, a team rushed to arrest the suspects, but they learned of the existence and went into hiding.
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