Pune: 16-year-old girl violated by paternal aunt's son during lockdown at Chikhali

Salil Urunkar
Monday, 24 August 2020

The incident came to light when the girl was found to be 18 weeks pregnant during a check-up at Sassoon hospital.

Pune: Chikhali police have arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of violating a 16-year-old girl during the lockdown period from March 14 to April 30 at his residence in Talawade area. The incident came to light when the girl was found to be 18 weeks pregnant during a check-up at Sassoon hospital.

The minor girl's mother, a 38-year-old woman, has filed a complaint in this regard at the Chikhali police station. Based on her complaint, Chikhali police have lodged an FIR against the 35-year-old man. The suspect has been booked under section 376 (Punishment for rape) 376(2)(i)(n) (commits rape repeatedly on the same woman), 354(b) (assault or use force to any woman with the intention of disrobing and to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 3, 4, 5(c)(2), 7, 8, 9(h)(2)(k) of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

According to police, the victim was staying at her paternal aunt's house before the lockdown was announced. She was preparing and studying for the class 10 exams. After the lockdown was announced on March 14, the paternal aunt, her husband and grandchildren went to their native place. The victim stayed at the house as one paper of Class 10 examination was remaining. Aunt's son and his wife had also stayed back at the house. On the same day, the aunt's son and his wife had some quarrel and his wife left for her maternal home.

The victim and the suspect were left alone in the house. The suspect groped the victim while she was cooking and violated her. The suspect threatened the girl to kill her if she resisted the advances. The suspect had sexually assaulted the girl twice till April 30.

The minor girl later returned to her house, but she was pregnant. A medical check-up at the Sassoon hospital revealed that she had completed 18 weeks of pregnancy. When the girl's mother came to know about this, she approached police and filed a complaint against the suspect. Police Inspector NS Nyamane of Chikhali police station is investigating the case.

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