In another gruesome case of rape in Madhya Pradesh after the Mandsaur rape case ,the rape of a four-year-old allegedly being raped has come to light. The incident took place in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district on Sunday, police said, sparking outrage and protests in the state.
Satna’s superintendent of police Rajesh Hingankar said 27-year-old Mahendra Singh Gond, who works as a guest teacher in the local school in Parasmania Pathar under Uchera police station, confessed to his crime and has been arrested.
Police revealed that Gond knew the girl’s father and even chatted with him on the night of the incident. They added Gond kidnapped the girl, who was sleeping in the courtyard of her family’s house, when the father went to relieve himself around midnight.
Gond, police said, took her to a jungle around two kilometres away, raped her and left her under a tree as he thought she had died. The girl, who usually sleeps with her mother and younger sister inside the house, asked to sleep in the courtyard to which her mother agreed which eventually was taken advantage of by the man who saw his chance and took it.
The father returned to see that the girl wasn’t around so he said he had gone inside the house but when he checked with his wife, he realised their daughter was missing. He started looking for the girl along with other villagers and found her in a critical condition the next morning.
After rushing to the local hospital, but then shifted her to Satna district hospital.
Sources said that the victim’s father and some villagers went looking for Gond as they suspected that he could be behind the crime. Gond started running when he saw the villagers approaching him but they apprehended him and revealed the truth. He confessed to his crime and was handed over to the police.
Hingankar said the condition of the girl is stable but she will be airlifted to New Delhi’s All India Institutes of Medical Sciences for better treatment on Tuesday afternoon.
“The state government is providing the air ambulance,” Hingankar added.
He added that the charge sheet in the case would be filed within seven days. A special team has taken over the case and shall be headed by Nagod sub-divisional police officer Prabha Singh Kiro.
The other incident that occurred recently and has taken the country by storm was that of an eight-year-old in Mandsaur who was gangraped on June 26 by two men, who slit her throat and left her for dead. Doctors treating her said an object – possibly a rod or a wooden stick – had been inserted into her in such a manner brutal that her entrails had come out. The girl, who has been in the hospital since being found, had to undergo two surgeries.
Figures show Madhya Pradesh is one of the most unsafe and dangerous places for women in the country as one woman is raped in the central state almost every two hours.
There were 5,300 incidents of rape in 2017 up from 4,882 cases recorded in the previous year, registering an increase of nearly 8%, according to the State Crime Records Bureau.