Child rape cases in Ludhiana see 83% rise in first 3 months this year
Unsafe city: In all the 11 cases, children of the migrant population from UP and Bihar are the victims, confirms police commissionerate data.Updated: May 22, 2018 20:17 IST
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
The city is not safe for the children, especially in the areas where migrant labourers reside, as the percentage of minors being raped — vis-a-vis in the first three months of 2017 — has increased by 83.33% this year.
Most of the cases are reported from the areas where migrant population is residing.
- March 24: A factory labourer, 32, was arrested for raping his 8-year-old daughter for several months. The complaint was lodged by the victim’s mother.
- March 22: A 12-year-old girl was abducted and raped by an 18-year-old neighbour when she was going to her home after tuition.
- March 14: A 6-year-old girl was murdered after being raped by a 40-year-old neighbour in Sanyas Colony (area of migrant workers) on Noorwala Road in Basti Jodhewal area. The accused was in an inebriated condition when he committed the crime.
- March 6: A 22-year-old taxi driver of Tibba Road was booked for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl. The victim alleged that the accused had been stalking her and got her mobile number.
- February 13: A man was arrested for raping his two minor daughters, aged 14 and 10.
- February 7: A 50-year-old meat vendor was arrested for allegedly raping a two-year old minor at the labour quarters in Fauji Mohalla.
Ludhiana is home to over 15 lakh migrant workers, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. They mainly reside in Salem Tabri, Basti Jodhewal, Focal Point, Sherpur, Meharban, Shimlapuri and Daba.
According to the data procured from the Ludhiana police commissionerate office, there were a total of 11 cases of minors being raped in the first three months of this year. Correspondingly last year in the same period, there were six cases reported.
However, there are 16 cases registered under the Prevention of Children under Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act at the police stations this year in the first three months. Out of these 16, 13 cases of sexual abuse have been registered with rape accounting for 11 and two of sexual harassment.
In two rape cases, the accused is the father of the victim. There was also a case where a 40-year-old neighbour, in an inebriated condition, raped a 6-year-old girl and then strangulated her to death. In all these cases the accused as well as the victims were the migrant people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, confirmed the police data.
According to the data, an average of three cases of child rape is reported every month.
Last year, out of 89 cases registered under the POCSO Act, 39 were of child rape.
The data also revealed that in maximum of the rape cases the victims are of age 10 or below while the accused are above 30 years of age. In the cases where the victim is a teenager, the accused is in his early 20s and the rape is being committed on the pretext of marriage.
Sources in the police department have confirmed that maximum rape cases with minors are reported from the areas of the migrant labourers, especially where the labourers are residing in quarters (vehras).
Usually, the crime takes place when the children are alone and the accused are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Migrant children vulnerable
1. Children in congested labour quarters are mostly alone as parents are away to work
2. The accused are unemployed, frustrated and drunkard
3. Children are not taught the difference between good and bad touch
4. Migrant inhabitations largely have poor literacy rate
First Published: May 21, 2018 14:48 IST