Minister orders probe into rape of teenage girl

She was allegedly raped by driver in Chandan Nagar

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 21, 2012 12:49:52 am

She was allegedly raped by driver in Chandan Nagar

Women and Child Development Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Wednesday sought a detailed medical report in the alleged rape of a teenage girl who ran away from Shirur girl’s observation home in the district.

Gaikwad,who has also written to the home department,sought a thorough probe with help of the police. “We have already suspended the superintendent and the caretaker of the observation home,’’ Gaikwad said.

The 15-year-old had fled the government observation home in Shirur and was allegedly raped by a driver in Chandan Nagar last week. The Shirur observation home has around 100 students aged 6-18 years. This is the fourth such case after Vidyawati,Panvel and Thane.

The case is at present being handled by the Vimantal police station and the Women and Child Welfare Development Commissionerate. Commissionerate officials have been asked to submit a report with all details including the whereabouts of the girl and details of officials who were on duty. The minister also said stringent action would be taken against the guilty.

Senior police inspector PR Saha said that they have yet to get any lead in the case but investigation is on.

Police said,the girl was first admitted to an observation home in Hingne,Karve Nagar after her parents separated. On June 8,she was transferred to the observation home in Shirur. Police further stated that she did not like the Shirur home and fled. She reached Chandan Nagar in a state transport bus around 6 pm. She wanted to return to the Karve Nagar observation home and hitched a ride in a sumo.

The driver,instead of dropping her at Karve Nagar,took her to an isolated place in Chandan Nagar and raped her. Police said the girl managed to reach the Karve Nagar observation home late on Thursday.

She narrated the incident to the superintendent of the home. The authorities of the home lodged a complaint.

The girl told the police that the driver who raped her was aged around 40.

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