A minor orphan, a resident of a state-run welfare home in Nadia district of West Bengal, was allegedly raped by an employee of the institution. The 17-year old victim broke down in front of the chief judicial magistrate on Friday when he was on a routine visit to the home.
The crime was committed about a month-and-a-half ago. A 50-year old cook of the home and a resident of a nearby locality called Chutarpara, Ranjan Modak, is accused of committing the crime.
The police took the victim to the court on Saturday where her confidential statement was recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC. Statements under this section are admissible as evidence in the court.
“The victim was transferred here from a welfare home in Malda. For the past two years, she used to live in this home,” said a police officer of Kotwali police station where the complaint was lodged.
The home is situated in Nagendranagar, about 110 km from Kolkata. “I have directed the sub-divisional officer to visit the spot and submit a report,” said Vijay Bharti, the district magistrate of Nadia, on Saturday.
West Bengal minister of women and child development, Dr Sashi Panja, did not return calls.