Investigations into the rape of a three-year-old Dalit girl in Bhopal last week led police to her step-father, who was arrested on Sunday after he confessed to the crime.
On August 31, the girl was raped and dumped near Pul Patra in Barkhedi, 350 metres from Bhopal railway station.
The accused (32) had then told the government railway police (GRP) that she was abducted from the station premises where they were sleeping early on August 31 and that she was raped and dumped in a pool of blood near Pul Patra.
Police found contradictions in accused’s statement
Police found several contradictions in his statement, Inspector general (GRP), A K Singh said, explaining that no blood was found at the site, but there were blood stains at the place they were sleeping on platform number 6 of the station.
Police kept a watch on the accused and found that he used to consume alcohol and behave differently—enjoy while drinking and be sad when with his wife and the girl, who is undergoing treatment at a city hospital, superintendent of police (GRP), Avdhesh Goswami said.
In his statement, he had also said that his first wife had died of cancer in Mahoba, but police found that she is alive and was clueless about his second marriage.
Based on these contradictions, police grilled him and he confessed he raped the toddler at about 5 am on August 31 inside the blanket in which he was sleeping, leaving blood stains on it. When the girl cried out in pain, he tried to calm her down, but when she did not, he took her and left her near Pul Patra.
He came back to the spot and changed his clothes. When his wife, a deep sleeper, woke up around 7 am and did not find the child, he feigned ignorance and started a search and later lodged a complaint with the police.
Blood-stained clothes of the accused and the blanket on which he was sleeping were later recovered. The forensic report confirmed that he had committed the crime, police said, adding that he will be produced in court soon.
Goswami said the mother of the girl was shocked on learning that her husband was the one who raped her daughter. “At present, she is in trauma and said that the accused should be punished.”