Bathinda Police Wednesday arrested the man accused of chopping off the hands of a teenager who allegedly raped his seven-month-old daughter in 2014. Police said the accused was apprehended near Jhumba, the village where the incident happened.
“We arrested him from an area around Jhumba…We are yet to locate the weapon that was used in this crime,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) Bikramjeet Singh, who handled the operation to nab the accused.
According to the police, the accused showed no remorse and was even upset on being told that the 17-year-old had survived the attack.
Police added that the rape victim’s father confessed that after Tuesday’s court hearing was postponed, he had proposed a compromise, and also offered to drop the teenager home on his motorbike.
“He offered him a drink mixed with an intoxicant on the ride back. The victim was not in his senses when his hands were chopped off,” said SP Bikramjeet, adding that police had reached the spot within 20 minutes of the crime and rushed the victim to the Bathinda civil hospital.
Doctors at the civil hospital later referred him to the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot.
But a reconstructive surgery could not be performed on the teenager despite the police handing over the chopped limbs to the doctors well within six hours of the incident.
In April 2014, the 17-year-old was allegedly caught red-handed by the rape victim’s mother, while assaulting their daughter. An FIR was registered on the same day on the mother’s complaint.
While both sides hailed from Muktsar’s Kotli Ablu village, at the time of the incident, the man, along with his wife and 7-month-old daughter, lived at Bathinda’s Rama Mandi locality, where the couple worked at a brick kiln nearby. The teenager was released on bail three months after the crime.