Three more cases of rape and molestation by acquaintance were reported here on Thursday since the early arrest of a self-styled sorcerer named Rizwan Malik on the complaint of a teenager who had come to him seeking magical remedies. Three of the four victims are minor.
Another man is accused of leading the gang rape of his friend’s daughter (13) and intimidating the child. Based on an FIR (first-information report) registered at the Haibowal police station, police have arrested accused Chet Ram of Samta Nagar and alleged accomplice Deepak Kumar.
On June 24, Chet Ram, a mason, had taken away the child from her father on the pretext that he’d get her work as domestic help. On June 27, he dropped her back. Noticing that the child was in depression, the father encouraged her to open up and she said Chet Ram had taken her to an abandoned house south of the city instead, where Deepak Kumar and he had raped her. Haibowal station house officer (SHO) inspector Amarjit Singh said the accused would be produced in court on Saturday.
A slum-dweller named Shankar is charged with raping his neighbour’s minor daughter (14) on Wednesday night after abducting her to his shanty when the family was asleep. The Salem Tabri police registered this case under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act. SHO concerned inspector Jatinder Singh said a hunt for the accused was on.
Focal Point police have charged Gobind Nagar grocery shop owner Rakesh Kumar with molesting a girl (10). The case is based on the statement of the victim’s father. The child had gone over to drop her younger brother at his tuition class near the shop when Rakesh allegedly lured her inside with chocolate. The child confided in the family after coming home and police arrested the accused under Section 354 (molestation) of the IPC.