12-year-old gangraped in Jharkhand when she went to attend nature’s call
A 12-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by seven youths in Jharkhand’s Godda district on Sunday night.
Police said the girl had gone to her grandmother’s village to attend a relative’s wedding. Late at night, when she went to attend nature’s call, the youths forcibly took her to a field and committed the crime.
Two of the accused, Pradip Murmu and Pravin Murmu, have been arrested and a hunt has been launched to nab the other five, police said.
Superintendent of police (SP) of the district, Rajeev Ranjan, said an FIR has been lodged on the statement of the girl.
The girl was admitted to Godda Sadar Hospital for treatment and medical examination, Ranjan said, adding that her condition is stable.
Godda sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Abhisek Kumar said they are yet to get the medical examination report “but doctors said it was a rape”.
Hospital authorities said tests were being done to determine if the girl suffered any internal injury.
A doctor, who did not want to be quoted, said, “First aid has been given to the girl and her condition is fine.”
This is the third incident of a minor being sexually assaulted in Jharkhand in the past four days. On Friday, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped and burnt alive in a Chatra village. Fifteen people were arrested in this connection.
Two days later, another 16-year-old girl was battling for life with 70% burn injuries after being raped and set ablaze in a Pakur village.
Jharkhand has witnessed a rise in the number of rape cases since 2015 even as the first quarter of 2018 saw a decline, according to Jharkhand police data.
A total of 1,053 rape cases were registered in 2015 and 1,109 cases in 2016, according to the national crime records bureau (NCRB).
According to the Jharkhand police website, a total of 1,338 rape cases were registered in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 saw a total of 330 rape cases.
The average monthly cases recorded in 2017 stood at 111.5, which came down to 110 per month in 2018.