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10-year-old’s rape: Challan against accused by next week, say police   

The challan will be accompanied by statements of the victim and her mother before the magistrate, which subsequently turned into the first-information report. Along with the challan, the police will also file medical reports, confirming the victim is pregnant. 

punjab Updated: Jul 30, 2017 14:56 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
rape,Chandigarh rape,Child abuse
The challan, which will be filed under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and relevant sections of the POCSO Act, will initiate the fight for justice for the minor rape survivor. (Representative Photo)

The 10-year-old Chandigarh girl, whose plea for termination of pregnancy was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday, was raped about seven times at her house by her maternal uncle, who is now in jail.

This has been revealed by the investigations so far, on the basis of which the police will file the chargesheet against the accused.

“All our investigations are over and we will file the challan in court by next week,” said deputy superintendent of police (DSP, south) Deepak Yadav.

The challan, which will be filed under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, will initiate the fight for justice for the minor rape survivor.

The accused, who is lodged at Burail jail, is married, and his wife and children live in Nepal. One of the kins has alleged that he had even tried to molest a niece in Delhi.

The challan will be accompanied by statements of the victim and her mother before the magistrate, which subsequently turned into the first-information report. Along with the challan, the police will also file medical reports, confirming the victim is pregnant.

“Though the DNA report is awaited, it can be filed with a supplementary chargesheet later,” said DSP Yadav.

Police had already given a request for preserving samples for the DNA test when the victim’s medical examination was carried out. Preparation of a DNA report usually takes up to three months, but in special cases, the agencies can obtain it within 30 days.

The accused, who worked as a security guard at a Sector-35 hotel, was arrested on July 14, afterthe girl was found to be pregnant during medical checkup.The victim is a Class-6 student.

Stomach ache brought crime to fore

Even though the child was about 30-week pregnant, the family came to know about it only on July 14, after she was taken to hospital on complaining of stomach ache.

The girl told her parents that she was being raped by her maternal uncle. She, in her statement, said the accused used to lure her with chocolates and had even threatened her not to talk to anyone.

The accused had told her that if she complains to anyone, her parents would scold her.

Shattered mother is the complainant

The case was registered on the complaint of the mother.

The mother, in her statement, said that the girl told her that the accused had raped her six-seven times.

The accused was a regular visitor to their house. The victim used to alone at home after returning from school as her elder sister used to go to a friend’s house to study.

The mother works as a domestic help, while the father is a security guard.

The family stays in the servants’ quarters in a government bungalow in one of the southern sectors of the city.

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 14:56 IST