Preliminary medical exam suggests accused is adult: Police

Preliminary medical examination of a youth accused of raping a three-year-old girl in Bandipora district has shown that he is not a juvenile, police said Monday.

“We are treating the accused as a major and not as a juvenile,” a senior police official told PTI. He said the preliminary medical examination of the accused, who has been arrested by the police, suggests that “he is an adult”.

“The doctors have given an opinion that he is around 20-years-old,” the official said.

He said the police have also detained the principal of a school, who issued a birth certificate for the accused showing his date of birth as 23 July, 2009.

“The principal is under the custody and is being questioned,” the official said. He said the police are investigating the case and will take it to the logical conclusion.