The boy had been referred to the RMH in Yerawada for psychological treatment. Later, an X-ray revealed the presence of 18 injection needle wounds below the skin in his right hand, the police said.
The boy’s parents, who are farmers in Khed, approached the juvenile justice board (JJB) in Pune after the incident came to light. The board directed the Yerawada police to register a case relating to the sexual abuse of the boy and also against the hospital staff responsible for concealing the incident and neglecting the boy’s health.
Acting on the JJB’s order, the Yerawada police booked the inmate on the charge of unnatural offence. They also booked a nurse and four guards of the hospital on the charge of supressing the incident and neglecting the boy’s health.
Senior inspector Balkrushna Kadam told TOI, “It was the duty of the nurse and the guards to protect the boy at the mental hospital and to take care of his health, but they failed to do so. Hence, we have registered a case against them too.”
Dr Harinakshi Gosavi, RMH superintendent, told TOI, “We are unaware about this development. The police or the observation home authorities have not approached us yet with any complaint or inquiry.”
Senior inspector Balkrushna Kadam said, “Our team will visit the mental hospital on Tuesday with the FIR and other documents.” TOI made repeated calls to the boy’s mother, but her phone was switched off.
Kadam said, “The boy was detained by the Khed police in an attempt to murder case and was sent to the boys’ observation home in Yerawada. However, the officials there later admitted him to RMH for treatment.” In the last week of June, the boy was grated bail after his family made an appeal.
Kadam said, “The family took him to a boarding school in Kolhapur. On reaching there, he spotted some children playing volleyball and grew nervous. He told his mother his hand was paining and she took him to a hospital. An X-ray, which showed there were 18 injection needles in his hands.”
The family was shocked and asked the boy what had happened. “He then opened up and told them of the sexual abuse and that he was kept on sedatives in the hospital. We don’t know who gave him injections since he was on sedatives,” Kadam added.