Karnataka: Minor Dalit girl gangraped in Belagavi | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BELAGAVI: Just days after Mysuru horror, another incident of minor Dalit girl allegedly gangraped by a group of five men in Belagavi has come to light. The minor was sexually assaulted on her way back home from a tailoring shop. The police have already arrested four in the case.
The Ghataprabha police have booked five under IPC sections 376 D ( gangrape), 506 (criminal intimidation), 149 (unlawful assembly), sections 6 and 10 under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 and sections 3(2) (v-a), 3(2)(V) of SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act), according to FIR accessed by the ToI.
FIR also revealed that the incident occurred at 6 pm in the evening on July 12. However, a complaint was filed on Thursday at the local police station. Soon after the complaint was filed, the police resorted to action and arrested four, while the search is on for the one who is absconding. The sources say that fear among the family members is cause for delay in filing the complaint.
According to the complaint, when the girl was walking back home from a tailoring shop about five men who are neighbours of the victim started teasing her and asked her to come near them. However, when the girl refused and resisted, the accused forcefully took her into a sugarcane field. The complaint further said the accused raped her taking turns. Later they threatened to kill her, if she revealed the incident. Post incident the girl went into depression and was not taking food adequately. When enquired with her about the problem she informed the family about the incident.
A child protection officer, J T Lokesh talking to TOI said the family members of the victim first approached district Child Welfare Committee (CWC) with the grievance on Tuesday. The minor was in a state of shock when she arrived at the CWC and counselling was given to the victim. On Thursday, Lokesh said CWC passed an order directing the police to register a case.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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