Police said that the accused allegedly kidnapped the child from her home when she was sleeping with her parents at around 1 am in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. According to the police, he then took her to the bushes in an isolated area nearby and raped her.
The report stated that rape victims, mostly girls, suffer from different types of illness, like lower abdominal pain, anaemia or weakness, for which 81% of the parents are “unable to meet healthcare challenges of their children due to lack of money”.
Subodh Saxena, Station House Officer (SHO), Dhaulana police station, said the victim’s father said his daughter had joined a madrasa around a year ago. A few days ago, family members noticed changes in the girl’s health.
“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.