In separate cases registered with the Surat police on Thursday night,two school-going girls were raped. This is the third incident of a minor being raped to be reported in Surat within a week.
In the first incident,the 13-year-old daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver,who studied in Central School in Amroli,went missing while returning home from school. When she did not return home for a long time,her parents went looking for her and found her with one Indrajeet Patel,who used to drive one of the rickshaws owned by the girls father. When Indrajeet saw them coming,he fled. On going home,the girl narrated to her parents that she had been raped in an auto-rickshaw.
A complaint in this regard was filed on Thursday. The girl was taken to the SMIMER hospital for a medical examination by the police on Friday.
A woman Police Sub-Inspector A M Thakore with the Amroli police station said,The accused picked her up from her school in his auto-rickshaw and raped her inside it on Amroli Kosad Road. The accused had also warned her against disclosing the matter to anybody. We are searching for Indrajeet.
The girl also said that a month ago the accused had raped her inside an auto-rickshaw at the same place and threatened her of dire consequences if she told anyone, she added.
In the second incident,a 14-year-old-girl told the Sarthana police,that during one of her visits to her maternal uncle Haresh Ghoris house at Yogi chowk in Surat,she was raped by him. The uncle had also threatened to kill her if she went public.
After the incident,the girl remained silent and went back to school in Amreli district,where she was studying.
On Wednesday,she had a stomach ache,following which she complained the matter to her warden,who then took her for a medical examination. It was later found that she was pregnant.
It was then that the girl disclosed the entire story to the warden. The school authorities then called her parents and informed them about the incident.
The victim returned home to Surat on Thursday and her parents approached the Sarthana police to lodge a rape complaint against her maternal uncle.
Acting on the complaint,police arrested the accused,Haresh Ghori,who happens to be a father of two children. The police took the victim and the accused to SMIMER hospital for a medical examination.
Sarthana Police Inspector K M Chaudhary said,The accused works at a diamond factory for the past ten years. The girls parents are poor and they used to live with the girls maternal uncle till she passed her Class VII exams. Haresh used to meet all her educational expenses.
For the past two years,her parents sent her to Amreli district to stay and study in Gajera High School. We have arrested the accused and started investigating the case further, Chaudhary said.
Earlier on Wednesday,a teenager was gang-raped by five youths in broad daylight in Sachin area on Surat city.