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Dalit sisters assaulted, molested in Fatehgarh village; 2 booked

punjab Updated: Sep 08, 2016 18:15 IST
HT Correspondent

Two men have been booked for attempt to rape and other offences on the complaint of two Dalit sisters of Patarsi Kalan village. The accused, one of them identified as Rinku of the same village, attacked the sisters at about 5:30am on Wednesday. The victims are college students.

The victims said they were going for sports practice on a scooter when the accused ambushed them. The accused pulled a rope tied to a tree on the other side of the road near Chandumajra village. The sisters got entangled in the rope and fell down. The victims alleged that the accused, who had their faces covered, tore their clothes and molested them. “When we resisted, they assaulted us. During the scuffle, the face cover of one of the accused came off and I could recognise him,” said one of the sisters.

The victims called up their mother, who, along with other villagers, reached the spot and took them to the primary health centre at Khera.

“I have marked check-ups by a gynaecologist, ophthalmologist and dentist,” said Dr Utlarsh, who gave the victims first aid. The younger sister has an injury near her eye and the other got her knee and legs injured.

Rinku and his accomplice have been booked under sections 376/511 (attempt to rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 107 (abetment), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused are on the run.

“A hunt is on. We will soon nab Rinku and he will lead us to his accomplice,” said ASI Shamsher Singh.

Accused habitual offender?

Rinku and his friends had allegedly tried to barge into the victims’ house three years back, said village sarpanch Amritpal Singh. He said Rinku had been caught several times for theft in the village, but he was let off on humanitarian grounds. “He is jobless, married and has a son.”

“At that time he attacked my mother with a brick but the matter was resolved by the panchayat,” said one of the sisters.

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