Sumbal Rape: Courts directs for examination of accused at Dental College to determine his age

A local court on Thursday directed the special public prosecutor to produce an accused, allegedly involved in raping a minor girl in Sumbal Bandipora, at Dental College Srinagar to determine his actual age.

Principal District and Sessions Judge Bandipora directed the special public prosecutor to produce the accused before the medical experts at the college on 22 July.

Earlier, the court had constituted a special medical board for ascertaining the age of the accused involved in case FIR no. 81/2019 under section 363, 342, 376A, B R 5 (m) of 6 POCSO Act at police station Sumbal.

After the court had constituted the special medical board on 11 July, the board consisting of three members and a chairman subsequently submitted their opinion before the court today.

Sources said that the medical board has opined that the exact age of the accused could not be ascertained as they don’t have the machinery and equipments which will determine the exact age.

“Chief Medical Officer Bandipora in compliance to the order of this court dated 11.07.2019 has constituted a Special Medical Board for ascertaining the age of the accused involved in the case titled above. The Special Medical Board consisting of three members and one chairman has examined the accused and has opined that the individual is aged between 14 to 18 years,” reads the order by Principal District and Sessions Judge.

The order reads, “It is further reported by the members of the Board that in order to substantiate the above finding and to determine the exact age of the accused in the case, the Board needs further investigation in the form of orthomo pantomograph (OPG) and expert opinion, which could be possible only at Government Dental College Srinagar (Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology).”

The order further reads that the Board has requested this court to make arrangements for the accused to get cross examined for final evaluation of the dental age.

“Accordingly, Special Public Prosecutor is directed to produce the accused before the concerned expert on 22.07.2019. The members of the Board and the expert at Government Dental College Srinagar shall ascertain the age of the accused and frame their opinion, ” it reads.

The court also directed that the opinion shall reach it by or before 24 July.

On May 08, a minor girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour and the incident led to widespread protests across the Kashmir valley.

The protesters clashed with the security forces in which one youth was killed in Pattan area of north Kashmir.

On May 25, police filed an 87-page charge sheet against the accused before principal district and sessions court Bandipora.

The Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority has also released Rs 1 lakh as interim relief to the minor rape victim under Victim Compensation Scheme 2013.