Police in Rajasthan’s Salumber district have arrested three people and detained a minor for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl on four separate occasions. According to the police, the incident came to light now after the girl gave birth to a child in June this year.
The accused include an occultist, who had reportedly told the girl’s father that he would cure her illness after she told her father of her sickness. All the four incidents took place inside the premise of a government hospital, where the minor girl and her family live, said officials.
“The minor delivered a child in June this year. However, her parents didn’t register a case at that time. Later, in July, a case was registered against a tantric (occultist), wherein it was alleged that she was sick and the man had told her father that he would cure her. Thereafter, the occultist allegedly raped her. Later, during her statements under section 164 CrPC, the minor stated that three other people also established physical relations with her on different occasions,” said the SHO of the police station where the FIR has been lodged.
“All the incidents took place inside the premises of the government hospital, where the girl’s father works. Some of the accused are also engaged as contractual staff at the hospital,” added the SHO.
Police said preliminary investigation suggests that the four accused were not known to each other.
“The accused occultist was arrested in July while two other accused were arrested earlier this month. One accused, who is a minor, has also been detained. Prima facie, it seems from the timing of the delivery that the incident of the rape that resulted into the girl being pregnant took place around one and half years back. We will conduct a DNA test to determine the identity of the child’s father,” said the SHO.
The opposition BJP, which in recent times has come down heavily on the ruling Congress over atrocities against women in the state, has constituted a four-member committee to inquire about the incident and submit a report.