Raped Dalit Girl in Vittal Six Months Pregnant- 5 Men Booked under POSCO Act
Mangaluru : During a recent visit by a health worker from ASHA to the home of the raped Dalit girl, the matter came to light when the victim narrated the incidents to her and later filed a police complaint. She named the five people who assaulted her in the complaint. Now five people have been booked on charges of raping a minor dalit girl from Vittal in Dakshina Kannada district, as per police sources.The 17-year-old girl is now six months pregnant following the continuous sexual assault by five men in the area since December 2018, reveal sources. A case under IPC sections 376, 506 and provisions of POCSO Act and SC/ST Atrocities (prevention) Act has been registered against the accused.
The gruesome rape of the minor girl by the five men, who also threatened to kill her if she divulged the matter to anyone.The girl, in her complaint, said she was threatened by the accused of dire consequences. These men had raped her on different occasions, and the victim identified the five men namely Ganesh Naik, Krishnappa- a panchayat employee, Pavan, Puneeth and the auto driver Dhanush-who are all booked. Three of them have been arrested, while other two are absconding. Further investigation is in progress and the police are on the look-out for the culprits, the sources said.
This comes days after a dalit student was gang-raped by her college mates, sending shock waves among people in the district. Five students of a private college at Puttur were arrested after the video clip of the incident had gone viral on social media. The girl had just completed SSLC examination when she was first abused by her cousin Ganesh who took her to Subramanya and raped her for two days. In the next few months, she was assaulted by the other accused on various occasions, one of them is Krishnappa, a panchayat employee who assaulted her at home when she was alone. The other person Pavan had befriended her on the phone and raped her when her family was away for a function. Then, Puneeth who was her classmate, had taken her to Subramanya where he forced himself on her.
With inputs from IndiaToday