Three minors, aged between three and eight years, were raped in separate incidents in the last 48 hours in the city. Police arrested the accused in all three cases. All accused were known to the victims.
One of the victims, an 8-year-old girl, was raped after being murdered with her body being recovered from a field in Samaypur Badli.
The first incident was reported from a Metro construction site at Adarsh Nagar on Thursday night.
A three-year-old girl, who stayed with her labourer parents at the site, was raped allegedly by her neighbour. The police said that at around 10pm on Wednesday, when the minor was alone, her neighbour Bhimrai (35) took her to his jhuggi and raped her. When the child raised an alarm, the locals gathered and thrashed the accused before handing him over to the police.
The second incident took place in Sagarpur, southwest Delhi, where a 4-year-old child was raped allegedly by her landlord Moti.
The incident took place on Friday afternoon when the victims’ parents had left her alone at the house. Her mother told police that she had asked her daughter to lock the door from inside and not open it for anyone except her.
Around 3pm, the accused reached the minor’s house and offered her a chocolate and some biscuits and lured her to open the door.
Once in, Moti raped the minor and threatened her not to reveal the incident to anyone.
“Her mother returned home and saw the minor bleeding. On being asked, the child broke down and narrated her ordeal. Medical examination has confirmed rape,” said an investigating officer.
In the third incident, the victim, an 8-year old, was raped and murdered by her father’s friend at Samaypur Badli. The body of the child was found in a field of Khedakala village.
“We questioned more than 70 villagers and found that the deceased lived near a brick factory. We discovered a soiled slipper and suspected that she was raped by a labourer,” said an officer.
During questioning, police learnt that the girl’s father had consumed liquor with other labourers, including the accused, Chandrabhukan, on Thursday night. Police learnt that Chandrabhukan (19) had reportedly gone missing for a while that night.
“He dragged the child to a nearby field. He strangulated her when she tried to raise an alarm and then raped her. The slipper too matched,” said an officer.