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Victim hasn’t been to school for a month,accused in judicial custody

Victim hasn’t been to school for a month,accused in judicial custody

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Updated: April 9, 2014 3:09:31 pm

The 15-year-old mentally challenged Dalit girl,who was allegedly gangraped by two of her teachers in Bhiwani,has not been attending school for the last one month. The girl,a Class IX student,was allegedly raped for over six months. To cover up their crime,the two school teachers also allegedly got her aborted with the help of two local nurses.

The incident,which came to light when the girl developed some post-abortion medical complications,has sparked off a protest at Dudhwa village Bhiwani’s Charkhi Dadri,with the villagers demanding transfer of all teachers of the government school.

The police have arrested the two teachers — a JBT and a PT teacher. They were produced before the court on Thursday,which sent them to judicial custody.

The identities of the two nurses accused in the case is yet to be ascertained.

According to the villagers,the victim’s father had stopped sending her to school about a month ago,when he learnt that the girl had developed some medical problem. She was taken to a doctor,where the parents learnt that the girl had undergone an abortion. When asked,she narrated the entire incident to her parents.

Following this,the two accused also reportedly got in touch with the girl’s parents and threatened the family not to make the incident public.

“It is inhuman on part of the teachers to commit such a heinous crime with a child. The girl being mentally challenged,it is a double trauma for her and the family. Her father works as a labourer and has two other children. The family had initially chosen to keep quiet to avoid humiliation,but when we learnt about the incident,we asked the police to take action,” village Sarpanch Ramesh said.

He added: “One can imagine how a poor labourer arranges money to send his daughter to school. The victim’s siblings are also reluctant to going to school.

The village stands united with the victim’s family and we will ensure that both the accused get the most severe punishment.”

On Wednesday,the girl was medically examined and provided counselling by a woman advocate.

Her statements were also got recorded before a magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC. “Since the victim belongs to the Dalit community,we have also booked the accused under Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. A DSP-rank officer is heading the investigation now,” Sub-Inspector Dalbir Singh,incharge of Adampur police post,said.

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