Bringing shame to the national capital, four cases of sexual assault against women came to light today in which three victims were minor girls. The four cases were reported in the past four days from various parts of the capital. One of the four accused is a minor boy while another runs a coaching institute. In the first incident, a ten-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her own teenaged cousin in northwest Delhi’s Maurya Enclave area on July one, police said. The girl, whose parents are labourers from UP’s Allahabad, was allegedly raped by her 17-year-old cousin who used to stay near the victim’s home, a senior police official said. The accused used to play with the victim and on July one, he lured her on the pretext of playing before allegedly raping her. The teenager was detained on July two after the parents of the girl approached police, the official said. The victim was taken to a hospital where a medical examination confirmed rape. The second incident was reported from Vijay Vihar in Outer Delhi on July two in which an eight-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her teacher. The accused Gopal, who runs a coaching institute in B-block area in Vijay Vihar where the victim was his student for past one year, was arrested.
On July two, Gopal asked the girl to stay back after the classes. He allegedly told her saying he would give her extra classes. “When other students left, Gopal allegedly raped her. The incident came to light after the girl told her parents about the incident. They informed us and a medical examination confirmed sexual assault,” the official said. Gopal was arrested. In the third incident, a 16-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her neighbour who had promised to marry her in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar. “The victim told police that she was sexually assaulted under a flyover in Panipat in Haryana. The neighbour Kailash and he has been arrested,” the official said. The fourth incident was reported from Shahdabd Diary in outer Delhi where a 21-year-old married woman claimed that she was raped on July one by one Jasveer (24). The victim victim alleged she was raped by the accused who is her neighbour after taking her to a secluded place. The woman had been reported missing for nearly a month. Jasveen was arrested.
Expressing concern over the growing incidents of rape and other atrocities against women, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath today demanded that FIR in all such cases should immediately be recorded and tried through fast track courts. Tirath termed the increasing atrocities against women as “traumatic” and suggested that two steps were most urgently needed to tackle the situation. “First, FIR in all such cases should be immediately recorded. Any delay, dilatory tactics, soft-peddling or procrastination must invite exemplary penal action,” she said in a statement. “Secondly, all cases of rape must be tried through fast track courts i.e. hearing must be on day-to-day basis,” she said, adding that instant redressals of cases will have “telling effect and improve environment in favour of women providing them due security and status”.
She also demanded for immediate suspension of those police officials who refused to lodge FIR in any incident of atrocities against women. “This needs to be administratively followed and if necessary legally pursued. I am determined to pursue this at appropriate levels,” she added. The minister also acknowledged that NCW and NHRC members have confirmed that excesses against women were increasing. “It is traumatic for the members of a civil society to know through media that atrocities against women including rape cases are taking place in UP, in Delhi as well as in the entire length and breadth of India,” she said. “The incidents of rape and atrocities go directly opposite to the policy of the Government and, therefore, these require to be handled swiftly and firmly,” the minister said.
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