A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped while she was playing near a gurdwara at Jamalpur village in Tarn Taran district on Tuesday evening. The Bhikhiwind police have booked Gurjit Singh, alias Ghuggi, a resident of the same village, for the heinous crime.
The victim’s mother told the police she resides in Ludhiana and was visiting her parents in Jamalpur. When she went to the village gurdwara to offer “sewa” (voluntary service) around 6pm, her daughter got busy playing with other children. Suddenly, the mother reportedly heard a child’s cries, and on rushing there, she found the accused allegedly raping her daughter in a cattle feed store a few metres from the gurdwara premises.
“On seeing me, the accused fled. I rushed my daughter to the Patti civil hospital,” she said.
A case has been registered against the accused under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The accused is still at large. Sub-inspector Ranjit Kaur is investigating the case, said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manmohan Sharma.