A 50-year-old man was arrested in Bathinda on Tuesday for having raped two minor daughters of a neighbour repeatedly for over a week. In Sangrur, two men were at large after being booked for attempting to rape their six-year-old niece.
In the Bathinda case, the case was registered on Monday after the two victims, aged 11 and 13, finally told their father despite threats from their alleged tormenter, Ram Pal, who is employed as a gardener at the thermal power plant in Lehra Mohabbat village near here.
Ram Pal and the victim's father, a vegetable vendor, both belong to Uttar Pradesh and had migrated for work to Bathinda four years ago. The father of the girls used to return home from work late at night, while the mother had gone to her paternal house in UP some days ago. "We have registered a case under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (threat) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Nathana," said station house officer (SHO) Gurdarshan Singh.
In the case from Sangrur's Kaleran village, Amarjeet Singh and Jagga Singh allegedly tried to rape and then threatened the six-year-old girl on December 22 night, when she was at their house to watch TV.
According to investigating officer Gurdev Singh, the first- information report (FIR) was registered on the statement of the victim's mother, who said that on December 23 morning she noticed that the girl was in a state of shock.
Asked if she was fine, the girl overcame her fear and told her mother what had happened. The accused remain at large.