Demanding death for rape accused, aganwadi workers stages protest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mehta (Batala)
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2014 23:21 IST

Demanding capital punishment for the rape accused, who reportedly abducted and raped a five-year-old Dalit girl repeatedly at Chanan Ke village, hundreds of aganwadi workers staged a demonstration here on Wednesday.

Led by Anganwadi Workers Union general secretary Daljinder Kaur, the protesters held that the victim belonged to a very poor family, who even didn't have a gate in front of their house.

Demanding death penalty for the accused, Harpal Singh, a resident of the same village, for his horrendous act, the protesters claimed that "entire village was asking for the capital punishment for the accused".

Later, union members and residents sent a signed memorandum to the President of India.

The incident took place on the night of September 9, when the victim was sleeping with her mother, Harpal allegedly abducted her and took her to a nearby drain and "raped her repeatedly.

When the victim's mother noticed her girl missing around 1am, she raised alarms and called on her neighbours, who launched a manfor the girl, who was found lying in unconscious in a field and was rushed to the Baba Bakala civil hospital.

The residents also found clothes of the accused lying near the victim and informed the Mehta police.
Police registered a case under sections 363 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage), 366A (procuration of minor girl), 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section s3/4 of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act against Harpal and arrested him from his house.

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