A 14-year-old girl and two housewives were allegedly raped in the past four days in Jharkhand, putting the state on the edge as a spate of crimes against women have been recorded this year.
According to police records, at least 90 rape cases were reported in the state from January this year.
Survivors of the latest atrocities reported the crimes to police in the past 24 hours. The teenager alleged a 21-year-old man, Mukesh Baitha, raped her on the night of August 17 when she was alone at home and had stepped outside to answer nature’s call.
Her parents were away to celebrate Raksha Bandhan at a different town.
The girl told investigators at Ramgarh’s Giddi police station that Baitha was waiting outside her house and when she came out, he pounced on her and dragged her to the bushes nearby. After raping her, the girl said, he warned that “I should not inform my parents or police”.
The girl narrated her ordeal to her parents when they arrived on Monday morning and they filed a complaint immediately. The accused, however, is on the run.
In Pakud, a drunkard raped his friend’s wife finding her alone. She alleged the accused, Rajkumar and her husband went to a liquor shop together on Saturday and got drunk. On the way home, her husband left Rajkumar to join another group of alcoholics.
Rajkumar allegedly went to his friend’s house, thrashed his wife before outraging her modesty. He escaped after the incident and police were trying to catch him.
The third incident happened in Hazaribag, where four men on motorcycles allegedly kidnapped a woman waiting for a bus to Barhi on Saturday evening, took her to a secluded place, and raped her repeatedly.
The survivor, who lodged an FIR against the unidentified men on Sunday, said she was at the bus stop after attending a court case of her jailed husband.
She was released in the morning with a warning not to inform police. The traumatised woman went to Ichak police station and filed a complaint. Police said they were looking for the accused.