According to one of the recent development that took place in the minor girl’s rape case, the victim girl will undergo the age determination test. The 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by Taleigao strongman and St. Cruz MLA Babush Monseratte last month at his Taleigao farm house after spiking her drink. What is the age determination test and why the victim girl needs to do that? Read the complete report here.
According to the news agency IANS, the minor girl who has accused the Goa legislature Babush Monseratte of a rape will now undergo an ossification test to determine her age. The ossification test determines the age of a person based on the process of formation of new bone by cells called osteoblasts. According to the medical analysis report, by the age of 25 years, nearly all bones are completely ossified in humans. Although the report says that, it is a guesswork based on the fusion of joints in the human body that takes place from the time of birth and there is a strong possibility of an error of about 2 years in the age determined by the ossification test.
According to the police sources, the victim girl needs to undergo the age determination test since they have found her two certificates that display the different date of birth. “The bone test is necessary because of her two certificates with different dates of birth,” the police official familiar with the probe told the media.
The sources have also told the media that, they are doing these tests to make sure that at the time of trial this point is not taken for the advantage of the accused. “The test will remove any doubt the accused can raise at the trial stage,” the official said.
However, the police sources made it clear that according to both certificates the victim was minor when the alleged incident of rape took place in the month of March.
Monseratte, the Member of Goa Legislative Assembly had accused by the victim girl of buying her for Rs. 50 lakh and repeatedly raping her on various occasions. The stepmother of victim girl and an alleged pimp who had facilitated the deal are in police custody at the moment.
Babush and stepmother of victim girl will be produced before the court on 12th May for further remand. The Third accused that facilitated the deal will be presented before the court today for further remand.
There will be a lot more that will happen before the trial goes on the floor of the court. According to police, the prime accused is not co-operating with the investigation and it will be difficult for the police to make him speak since he is very powerful and politically well-connected personality of Goa. We will keep you updated with the latest developments as it takes place. Meanwhile, you may leave your comments on this issue.