LUCKNOW: The outcry hasn’t died down in the case of the Unnao rape of a minor and yet, there are reports of two fresh rapes of minor girls, aged 8 and 10 years, the latter by her own father.
In a repeat of the Kathua gang-rape and murder case, an eight-year-old was raped and strangled in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district on late Monday evening even as a father was taken into custody by the police and booked for raping his ten year old daughter. Both accused have been arrested and further investigation is underway.
The Etah incident took place during wedding rituals. The parents of the girl were busy when the accused teenager drew her to a half-built house and raped her. He later choked her to death. The accused has been charged under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
In another case from Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba, a Father has been accused of raping his 10-year-old daughter, in a complaint filed with the police by none other than his wife. A medical exam has confirmed that the girl was, in fact, raped and Mahoba Police have registered an FIR based on the mother’s complaint. The accused had gone into hiding on Sunday, after the FIR was registered. He was finally arrested in the city on Monday.
The girl’s mother is a farm labourer and would often leave behind children with their father when she would go out to work. A day after the incident, she came to the Mahoba Kotwali police station with her daughter and filed the complaint.”
A case has been registered against the father under section 376 (Rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The girl has been sent to Mahoba district hospital for medical treatment. The accused is in custody and is being questioned. Mahoba district is barely 160 km from Unnao — the district which recently hit headlines over a rape case.
Just last week, a child was also raped and murdered in Gujarat’s Surat.