After Aligarh, Seven More Cases Of Rape & Murder Of Minors Reported From Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh In Two Days.
The gruesome murder of two-year-old girl over a family dispute in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh has jolted the nation. The incident, that took place on May 30, has drawn widespread condemnation and calls for giving harshest punishment to the guilty are intensifying.
The number of heinous crimes against minors, especially rape, is only escalating.
Four cases of rape and murder of minors have been reported from Uttar Pradesh and three cases have been reported from Madhya Pradesh.
Minor gangraped by 6 men in Kushinagar
A minor girl was allegedly gangraped by six men in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district on June 9. The six accused have been arrested and a case has been registered against them.
15-year-old girl raped by teacher in Kanpur
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a madrassa teacher in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on June 9. The accused, identified as 35-year-old Javed, raped the girl in a room located on the premises of madrassa.
The accused had visited the girl’s house and asked her mother to send her daughter with him to madrassa for filling up a blank form, reported The TOI.
On reaching the madrassa, the accused took her to a room and raped her. The girl cried but no one came to her rescue. The girl, somehow, escaped and reached home. She narrated her ordeal to her mother and later, registered a police complaint.
After a massive hunt, the police managed to nab the accused who was trying to flee.
7-year-old girl’s naked body found in Jalaun
In a third incident surfacing from Uttar Pradesh in week, body of a seven-year-old girl was found in a field, with her ‘salwar’ tied around her neck, fuelling suspicion that she was raped.
The was missing since Friday evening when she stepped out to play. A group of villagers found her body on June 9 and informed the family.
11-year-old girl raped and murdered in Hamirpur
An 11-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district. The victim’s naked body was found in a graveyard in the early hours of June 9.
Police have registered an FIR against unidentified accused for rape and murder. The postmortem report confirmed sexual assault before she was strangulated to death.
There were injury marks on her private parts and around her neck.
8-year-old girl raped, strangulated in Bhopal
An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. Her body was found near a drain close to her house in the wee hours of June 10.
According to an initial post mortem report, the girl "died of strangulation after rape," Additional Superintendent of Police Akhil Patel told PTI.
4-year-old girl raped by 16-year-old boy in Jabalpur
A 16-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly sodomising a four-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur on June 9. The boy found the girl playing outside in the afternoon and took advantage of the situation.
He took the inside the vacant house and force unnatural sex on her. The victim's mother reached the spot in search of her, but the boy managed to escape.
The girl narrated the entire incident to her mother following which they filed a police complaint.
5-year-old raped, murdered and thrown into river in Ujjain
In yet another horrific crime against a minor, the body of a five-year-old girl was found floating in a river. Further investigation revealed that the girl was raped and murdered. According to news agency ANI, the girl went missing on Friday following which her family members lodged a complaint with the police. After which the cops found her naked body floating in the River Shipra.
Prima facie, injuries on the girl’s body indicated that she was sexually abused. Three people have been detained in connection with the case.
The protection of the life and dignity of most vulnerable remains the biggest challenge for state governments. Earlier today, the verdict in Kathua gangrape and murder case was pronounced and running parallelly were the news of minor children being gangraped and murdered in parts of north India.
Last year, the Centre amended the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to make the rape of girl children below 12 punishable with the death penalty.
But even making stringent laws, the spate of crimes against minors does not seem to slow down. In India, each day, police registers 293 cases of crimes against children on average, suggest the latest National Crime Record Bureau data. Only a few are reported and fewer make the headlines. The number of police complaints filed have rose in case of crimes against children but there’s little that done to prevent such crimes. The most important task ahead of state governments in the wake of such heinous crimes is that it makes law and order efficient and focuses on lowering the crime rate.