A 13-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by a youth at Kheri Kalan village, 15 km from Dhuri, in Sangrur district of Punjab on Saturday.
Dhuri deputy superintendent of police Gurmail Singh Dhaliwal said the police had registered a case against Karamjit Singh, a resident of the same village, on the statement of the victim and her family.
Karamjit has been booked under sections 376 (rape) and 450 (house trespass to commit the offence) of the IPC, under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act and under Sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Dhaliwal said that according to the family, the girl, a student of Class 7, was alone at her house in the morning when the accused entered the house and raped her.
The victim later informed her family, which took the girl to the government health centre at nearby Sherpur village, where doctors referred her to the civil hospital at Dhuri.
The family alleged that doctors at both government health institutes refused to give her first aid and to conduct medical examination of the girl despite their repeated requests.
The victim’s father claimed, “The hospital staff told us to first report the matter to the police; only then would they conduct the medical examination. We reached the hospital around 1pm, while the doctors attended to my daughter only after the police reached the hospital around 4 pm.”
Gurpreet Singh, district secretary, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, a social welfare organisation, reported the matter to Punjab SC/ST Commission chairman Rajesh Bagha.
Bagha, when contacted, said he had told the SSP to arrest the accused immediately besides telling the deputy commissioner to look into the alleged negligent behaviour of the doctors within a week.”
Bagha said adequate compensation would be given to the victim’s family.