A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by a 42-year-old man near the famous Bhojpur temple in Bhopal on Sunday. Police have arrested the accused, who has confessed his crime.
In other incidents in the state, two minors were gangraped in Bhind and Gwalior district, while in Barwani district a teacher of a private school was arrested for allegedly sodomising his two Class 9 students .
In the Bhojpur rape-cum murder, the accused (name withheld) worked as a guard at the farms of the victim’s father for last five years. On Sunday, he allegedly lured the girl with sweets and took her to the jungle near the famous temple, where he raped her. The accused later strangled the girl and left her body in the jungle.
A native of Jhabua, the accused was well acquainted with the family of the victim and came to their house at a time when the girl’s parents were not present, police said. “The girl and her two-year-old brother were in the house with their grandmother when the guard came and took the minor outside with a promise to buy her sweets,” police said.
When the girl did not return home till late in the evening, her parents informed the police, who rounded up the guard as he was last seen with the girl. The accused confessed that he had raped and murdered the child during interrogation.
Police have recovered the body and sent it for postmortem. A case has also been registered against the accused.
The state has seen a rise in the number of crimes against women in the last one month. On December 31, a 17-year-old was raped at a Ratibad farmhouse, on the outskirts of Bhopal, and her 16-year-old cousin molested by two of her neighbours.
In another incident, an 18-year-old woman was kidnapped, gangraped and assaulted in Bhind on December 30. The victim was raped by two men in a jungle throughout the night and her private parts burnt with acid. Both the accused were residents of the same village.
Minor kidnapped, gangraped in Bhind
A 14-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and gangraped by two men at Tula ka Pura in Bhind district, police said on Monday. The accused, both residents of the same village, raped the girl repeatedly and were also planning to take her to some other place, they said.
On January 16 evening, the two men kidnapped the victim when she went to fetch fodder. They raped the girl and abandoned her on seeing some villagers approach.
The girl managed to reach home the next afternoon and thereafter a case was lodged against the two accused, identified as Dinesh Baghel and Bunty Baghel. A case on charges of rape has been registered against the duo who are absconding, SDOP Avnish Bansal said.
In other incident, a 12-year-old girl, a resident of Birla Nagar area in Gwalior district, was waylaid by a man and raped when she was returning home with her uncle. Police have arrested the accused, a school bus driver Ajay, while his accomplice is on the run.
The main accused, who was hiding on the path, caught the girl and raped her, while his accomplice overpowered her uncle, police said. Police have registered case against both.
School teacher arrested for sodomising two Class 9 boys in Barwani
A teacher of a private school was arrested for allegedly sodomising his two Class 9 students at Khetiya in Barwani district on Monday.
The school management has also terminated the service of the accused.
According to the police, Dinesh Mali, an English teacher at Gurukul English Medium School, in Barwani, gave private tuitions to the two victims at his home.
He sodomised the two boys a fortnight ago by luring them with good marks.
Mali allegedly had also threatened to fail the boys in the examination if he revealed the matter to anyone.
On Sunday the victims opened up about the sexual assault to their parents, who lodged a police complaint on Sunday night.
Mali was arrested under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (intercourse against the order of nature) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) on Monday and sent to judicial custody.
All in a month
December 31: A 17-year-old was raped at a Ratibad farmhouse, on the outskirts of Bhopal, and her 16-year-old cousin molested by two of her neighbours
December 30: An 18-year-old woman was kidnapped and gangraped in Bhind. The accused burnt her private
parts with acid
December 29: A 28-year-old woman was raped inside a vehicle by an Ola Cab driver. The woman had lodged a complaint at Koh-e-Fiza police station on January 1 and the accused was arrested on the next evening
December 22: A 14-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and set ablaze at a village in Panna. The victim sustained 80% burns and died at a Rewa hospital while undergoing treatment.
December 21: A 20-year-old woman, a resident of Gohad, was kidnapped and gangraped by two men for at least six days when she had gone to the market to bring medicine for her ailing father.