73-yr-old Rapes Dalit Minor at Knife-point
MADURAI: In a horrific case of rape and harassment of a Dalit minor, a 73-year-old Caste Hindu was arrested on the charge of sexually assaulting the girl at knifepoint in his residence at Nadumandalam village near Natham in Dindigul district.
Sources said that Rani (name changed), a 12-year-old dalit girl and a daughter of daily wage labourer of Nadumandalam, was returning home after school on January 20. Raghupathi, the 73-year-old accused, intercepted the girl and took her to his house stating that her mother was there. Since her mother used to frequent the house of Raghupathi for purchasing rice, an unsuspecting Rani walked with him.
“Soon after she got into the house, Raghupathi bolted the door, tied her hands and legs before gagging her mouth with a cloth. Then he sexually assaulted the girl at knife point,” said a relative of the victim.
Rani did not open up to anyone in the family or friends for three days about the harassment fearing consequences from Raghupathi, whose son-in-law is said to be an influential politician in the district.
The victim, who suffered injuries in her leg, was unwell after the beastly act of Raghupathi and was in a depressed state.
“When we confronted as to what happened to her, the girl poured out completely exposing the torture of the septuagenarian,” the relative said.
On January 23, Rani’s father A Palaniswamy lodged a complaint with the Vadamadurai All Women Police on 23 January against Raghupathi.
T Vijaya, Inspector booked Raghupathi under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, 376 (Punishment for Rape) and 506 (I) of IPC and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Amendment Ordinance 2014) and arrested him. Vijaya said that doctors at the Dindigul GH had also confirmed that the girl had been sexually assaulted.
Rani is now under treatment at the hospital.
Meanwhile, B Pandiarajan, member of Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, Adi Dravida Welfare Department, Madurai, has sent a petition to the National Commission for Schedule Castesx requesting steps to rehabilitate Rani through counselling and help her continue education.