“The accused would target young girls who came to eat at bhandaaras or collect prashad at temples and were unaccompanied by adults. After sexually assaulting them, he would murder them,” said DCP (Crime) Sumit Kumar.
The minor was on her way to her aunt’s place when Bhagirath Patel took her to a temple and raped her. He was arrested a day later and the chargesheet filed three days later. A POCSO court awarded him capital punishment on July 7.
We live in cruel world, a world where rape culture is prevalent. Victims are blamed for sexual abuse and male sexual violence is normalised. Violence against anyone can never be normal and children need to know that.
Police said that on Sunday the accused took the girl with him to buy her an ice cream. After purchasing an ice cream, the accused took her to a garden and allegedly raped her, and then dropped her home.
In the FIR, the father of the five-year-old said the matter came to light on Saturday when the family went to pick up the nine-year-old from his school hostel, when the child told them about the alleged assault.