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Shopkeeper held for abducting, raping minor in Udaipur

The girl was found in an unconscious state on the terrace of a shop of Nathudwara locality of the district three hours later by the locals

jaipur Updated: Oct 26, 2016 20:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Sexual crime against children is on a steady rise in Rajasthan, with over 250 cases reported in the first six months this year.(HT Photo)

A two-year-old girl was abducted and raped by an Udaipur-based confectioner on Tuesday night, the police said. The girl was found in an unconscious state on the terrace of a shop of Nathudwara locality of the district three hours later by the locals.

On Wednesday, the police arrested Vishal Jain, the accused, after hours of manhunt from his relatives house at Nathudwara.

Jain had kidnapped the child at knifepoint while she was sleeping with her minor sister and grandparents inside a shop in Sukhadia Nagar area of Nathudwara on Tuesday night in an inebriated state, the police said.

He has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

According to the complainants, Jain had first tried to take the victim’s sister but failed when the child, aged 7, screamed and woke up her grandparents. He then left the girl and snatched her infant sister, sleeping next to her, while threatening the elderly couple with a knife. He took the child to the terrace of a nearby shop and raped her before escaping.

The child was found bleeding and unconscious almost three hours later by her relatives and locals. She was rushed to a local hospital and was later shifted to MB Hospital. The child is yet to regain consciousness.

Sexual crime against children is on a steady rise in Rajasthan, with over 250 cases reported in the first six months this year, according to the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) data.

With 18 cases, Baran district registered the maximum number of cases under the POCSO Act so far.

First Published: Oct 26, 2016 20:29 IST