A 16-year-old Dalit girl in Rajasthan has complained to police that she was abducted and raped by a neighbour whose family then tried to buy her silence.
The incident took place on Thursday night when the victim had gone out to buy grocery in Bhilwara’s Ramesh Chandra Vyas colony, Subhash Nagar police station chief Nemi Chand Chaudhary said on Friday.
Police have registered a case against the accused Om Prakash Harizan under Section 366 (abduction), 376 (rape) of Indian Penal Code and various Section of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act 2012, he said.
“The victim, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste - Banjara (Guwaria) - went to a nearby shop to buy grocery when she was allegedly abducted,” he said. “Police registered the case after the victim’s family lodged a complaint against the accused.”
The girl’s family alleged that Om Prakash, a neighbour allegedly abducted her and took her to the banks of the Kothari river in the neighbourhood, where he raped her, said Chaudhury quoting the complaint.
After threatening the victim with dire consequences, the accused fled from the spot, the victim’s family said in the complaint. The girl narrated about her ordeal to her family after returning home late at night.
According to the complaint, the father of the accused, Gopal Harizan allegedly offered them money to keep the matter under wraps, said Choudhury.
“The girl has been sent for medical examination while a search is underway to nab the accused,” he said.