Jabalpur: A 14-year-old girl was gangraped repeatedly by five people for more than two months in the Gorakhpur area in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur, a senior police official said on Saturday.
The girl’s parents approached the police Friday night alleging that five people, aged between 18 and 21, gangraped their daughter, Gorakhpur Superintendent of Police Arjun Uike said.
“The parents approached the police after the news spread that the girl underwent an abortion two days ago,” the official said.
Three accused, identified as Saurabh Chakravarty, Pramod Chakravarty and Honey Chakravarty, have been arrested, he said.
“Two others, Rahul Chakravarty and Bantu Sonker, are on the run,” Uike said.
The SP said two of the accused would allegedly ask the minor to cook food at their residence for a nominal sum.
“The five would take her home and gangrape her repeatedly,” the official alleged.
The SP said the family lives in a slum, and the girl’s parents and her brother work as daily wagers.
The police were also trying to locate the doctor who carried out the abortion.
Terminating pregnancy of a rape victim without the court’s sanction is illegal.
“We are going to arrest the doctor,” the official said.
He said that a case had been registered against the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
This comes on the heels of a series of cases of rapes and murders which have taken the country by a storm.
It is to be noted that on April 21, the Union Cabinet approved the amendment in POCSO Act, putting a stamp on awarding death penalty to the rapists of children below 12 years of age.
In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, the minimum punishment was increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to imprisonment for rest of life, which means jail term till the convict's "natural life".
The ordinance gained significance in the wake of huge outrage over Kathua and Unnao rape cases....