October 24, 2020

Schoolgirl gang-raped

Patna: A 14-year-old government school student was picked up and gang-raped by two men in Sitamarhi district on Saturday night, the third such assault on schoolgirls in Bihar in a month.

The incident occurred, when the Class VIII student at a school under Sahiara police station, around 145km north of Patna, had gone to assist her parents in farm work but went missing. The family searched for the girl the whole night but in vain.

On Sunday morning, she somehow reached home and narrated her ordeal. Her father, a daily wage-earner, reported the incident to Sahiara police station. Police sent her to Sitamarhi sadar hospital for medical test after recording her statement.

In her complaint, the girl accused Mohammad Guddu Ansari and Mohammad Jamsaid Ansari, both residents of Sahorsa village, of kidnapping her around 6pm, when she was returning home on Saturday.

They took her to an isolated place and took turns to rape her the whole night. Her cries for help went unheeded. They abandoned her on the spot when her condition deteriorated. “My life has been ruined,” the weeping girl told police officers.

Her parents had returned from the field around 5pm. “Our daughter used to assist us in our work after school got over,” said the father.

Sitamarhi sadar deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Kumar Veer Dhirendra said the medical report was awaited. “The station house officer has been instructed to nab the accused after obtaining the arrest warrant from the court,” he told The Telegraph.

“The case will be put on speedy trial, as the girl is a minor. Sections under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act have been included in the FIR,” the DSP said.

“The crime in the state has touched its nadir. A spate of rape incidents has created a sense of fear among women, in general, and minor girls, in particular,” alleged Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.

Madhepura MP and JAP leader Rajesh Ranjan, alias Pappu Yadav, also took a dig at the state administration for its failure to contain incidents of rape. “It’s high time chief minister Nitish Kumar interfered in the matter and ensure the safety of women,” he added.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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