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Hyderabad gang-rape: Police conduct test identification parade (Ld)

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Hyderabad | Tuesday, 2022 2:45:09 AM IST
The Hyderabad Police on Monday conducted test identification parade in the Jubilee Hills gang-rape case.

The test identification parade was held at Juvenile Home and Chanchalguda Central Prison. The minor victim has reportedly identified all the six accused.

The police took the 17-year-old victim to both the places and recorded her statement in the presence of a magistrate. The girl was accompanied by her guardians.

At the prison, she identified Saduddin Malik, the only major accused in the case while at Juvenile Home, all five minors were paraded before her.

Since the victim had told the police that she had met the accused for the first time, the police conducted the identification parade after obtaining permission from the court. The police expect identification to help them in nailing the accused by producing strong evidence against them in the court to seek maximum punishment.

Earlier, Hyderabad police received permission from a city court and Juvenile Justice Board to collect DNA samples from the accused and send the same to forensic lab for analysis.

Five accused including four minors will be subjected to DNA profiling. The fifth minor, son of a city MLA, is facing only charges of molestation.

The DNA samples will be collected from four minors lodged in Juvenile Home and from Saduddin Malik, the only major in the case who is lodged in Chanchalguda Central Prison.

The DNA matching is considered crucial in the investigations into the sensational case, which had rocked the state and triggered national outrage earlier this month.

As part of its efforts to build a strong case against the accused, the police are focusing on gathering all the technical evidence. The investigators have already collected clues from Innova vehicle in which five accused had sexually assaulted the 17-year-old victim.

The DNA test results are likely to help the police in matching the same with the clues gathered from the vehicle. This will be important to prove in the court that the gang rape was committed in the SUV, which is a government vehicle.

One of the minors charged with gang rape is son of a leader of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and chairman of a government-run body. The SUV was allegedly allotted to him for official duties.

The investigators, if required, may collect DNA samples from the victim, who has already given her statement to the police and the court.

The Juvenile Justice Board had last week dismissed bail petitions of the minors. The Board agreed with the argument by the police that in view of the serious nature of the offence they should not be granted bail.

The police told the court that since the case is at the investigating stage, if minors are released on bail they may try to influence the witnesses. The court was also told that the minors' parents, who hold influential positions in the society, may try to hamper the investigation.

Six accused were arrested earlier this month for gang rape of a 17-year-old girl in a car on May 28 in the upscale Jubilee Hills.

They had trapped the victim after a daytime party at a bar and after offering a lift sexually assaulted her.

The police questioned the accused in their custody and carried out scene reconstruction.

Potency test was conducted on five accused who were involved in the gang rape. The test established that they are capable of engaging in sexual acts.

Saduddin Malik and four minors have been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 376 D (gang rape), 323 (causing hurt), Section 5 (G) (gang penetrative sexual assault on child) read with Section 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 366 (kidnapping a woman) and 366 A (procuration of a minor girl) and Section 67 of Information Technology Act .

Police say the accused could face punishment for not less than 20 years or imprisonment for life till death or even death penalty.

The sixth minor was not involved in rape but he kissed the victim in the car. He has been booked under IPC Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 and Section 9 (G) read with 10 of POCSO Act. He could face 5-7 years imprisonment.

--IANS ms/pgh

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2022-06-27-20:30:03 (IANS)

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