Man retrieves data from phone, learns about daughter’s rape

Nagpur: A man has lodged a police complaint after retrieving data from his minor daughter’s mobile which showed that she was being sexually exploited. The 17-year-old girl had stolen the phone from a neighbour’s house and it contained explicit images of her with two men. The family was clueless about it.
Nandanvan police have registered offences of rape against Sanath Kale (18) and Manav Dhoble (20) for having forced themselves upon the survivor who is a Std XI student. Both are missing. While Kale is an engineering student, the background of Dhoble is not known. The two have also been slapped with Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Police sources said that Kale had physical relations with the minor in August at his Ramna Maroti rented apartment while Dhoble lured the survivor to a room in Dighori in June.

The survivor had befriended Kale during a rally on April 14. Kale, who hails from Gondia, was staying in the city with his sister to pursue an engineering degree. The survivor claimed that she got close to both through the social media.

The matter came to light when the neighbour told the survivor’s father that a mobile which was stolen from his house was being used by her. Along with the mobile, the neighbour had lost a wallet with Rs5,000 in it. He had even lodged a compliant with Nandanvan police.

On November 24, the survivor’s father, who is a school bus driver, thrashed his daughter, and wife, for having stolen the cash and mobile. On realizing that data from the mobile had been deleted, the man took the help of a software expert to retrieve it.

The man was shocked to see several images of his daughter in objectionable positions. On being quizzed, the survivor revealed about the two friends.

Police are sending the mobile phone for a forensic examination to extract more data and also gather evidence.

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