Minor tribal girl gang raped in Kharagpur, four held
A police complaint has been lodged against the accused under the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act.india Updated: Aug 11, 2018 17:42 IST
Four youths, aged between 18 and 23, have been arrested for allegedly gang raping a 17-year-old tribal girl in Kharagpur of West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, police said on Saturday.
The police complaint lodged on Friday evening had named six accused, out of which four were arrested and charges of rape and under the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act slapped against them. They were produced before a court on Saturday which sent them to custody.
The girl, missing since August 6, was found abandoned near her house in Satrangi village on August 9.
According to the victim’s complaint, she was lured by a boy with whom she talked over the telephone for over a month and had allegedly promised her that they would get married. However, he and his friends gang raped her for at least three days.
“I could never imagine that the man whom I had loved would treat me like this. Though I cried in pain, they would not spare me,” said the victim.
The victim’s mother said she could not find her daughter on Monday. “A relative told me that she had gone to her maternal uncle’s house. But when I found out that she had not gone there, I lodged a ‘missing diary’ at Kharagpur police station,” she said.
“After I found my daughter in front of our house, she told me that she was gang raped by the youth she spoke on the phone and his friends. She was taken to Kaita area in Kharagpur,” she added.
Khargapur sub divisional police officer Kuntal Banejee said that they had arrested four of the six accused, while a medical test of the victim was also conducted and confirmed her allegations.
According to National Crime Records Bureau’s 2016 data, West Bengal was in the second position in crimes against women in the country, recording 9.6% of all crimes committed, behind Uttar Pradesh (14.5%).
That year, Bengal also recorded a substantially high number of cases of gang rape – 130 cases – ranking fifth after Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.
First Published: Aug 11, 2018 17:42 IST