Within the 2021 Chennai serial rapist case, metropolis police have submitted earlier than a particular Pocso courtroom what they consider is a vital piece of proof — a forensic report on information of accused A Perumal’s cell phone.
Perumal, 48, was arrested on costs of raping women and filming them throughout a crackdown on “gutka” and tobacco merchandise in Chennai in August final 12 months.
Whereas police had been cracking down on “gutka” (a banned chewing tobacco) gross sales, they nabbed a shopkeeper in Chennai’s TP Chatram for promoting the substance. Whereas police had been checking his cellphone for sellers, so they might catch extra individuals, they stumbled upon an much more critical case of him sexually assaulting women.
They discovered that he had saved recorded clips over the previous seven years.
Police acted swiftly and rescued seven youngsters. In addition they booked the shopkeepers, Perumal, on costs of rapeing women aged between 4 and 17 and filming them. Two of the kids’s moms, who’re sisters, are the opposite two accused within the case, charged with abetting the crime. They’d confessed to taking their minor daughters to him in trade for cash.
The case is now within the trial stage at a particular metropolis courtroom for the safety of youngsters from sexual offences (Pocso) circumstances.
“We had despatched his Apple cellphone to a lab in Chennai for forensic evaluation and a report has been submitted. All of the photographs and movies from the cellphone have been submitted in a pen drive to the courtroom,” mentioned an investigating officer, not wishing to be named. “The courtroom will now should determine with all this proof if it was the accused who recorded the women,” the officer mentioned.
A senior police officer from Kilpauk police station mentioned they’d discovered a number of video clips of sexual assault of minors. “The primary accused is carrying a particular watch in these movies. It will dismiss his declare that he had simply downloaded little one pronography,” the officer mentioned.
The cost sheet was filed final 12 months. Of the seven youngsters rescued, 5 women whose dad and mom had been unaware of the crime took them residence with them.
Two of the women, whose moms had been arrested, had been despatched to town’s Little one Welfare Committee (CWC). “However lately the CWC despatched these two women again to their dad and mom as a result of they weren’t coping nicely. They stored crying to return residence so the CWC is working intently with their fathers and their households,” mentioned one other police officer of Kilpauk police station.
The three accused – Perumal and the 2 moms – are lodged in Chennai’s Puzhal jail. They’ve been booked beneath a number of sections of the POCSO Act– 5 (l) (m) (aggravated penetrative sexual assault), 9 (l) (m) (committing aggravated penetrative sexual assault repeatedly), 10 (punishment for aggravated sexual assault), 13 (use of kid for pornographic functions), 14 (punishment for utilizing youngsters for pornography) 15 (Any particular person, who shops or possesses pornographic materials in any kind involving a baby), 16 and 17 (abetment of offence). The three accused have additionally been charged beneath part 376 AB (raping a baby beneath 12 years of age) beneath the IPC and 66 E (whoever captures, publishes or transmits the picture of a non-public space of any particular person) of the IT Act.