A 17-year-old rape victim died after an overdose of sleeping pills in a government shelter of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Pyare Miya (68), the owner of a local newspaper is the accused who raped the victim and four other girls last year in July. He was booked in 2020 under the POCSO Act, and the case is in the court, while all the victims were placed in this government shelter of Bhopal, under proper security.
Of the five victims, two girls fell ill and were taken to the Government hospital where the 17-year-old consumed excess sleeping pills on Monday. Her condition was very critical till Wednesday and the hospital superintendent Dr ID Chourasia said that the girl died on Wednesday.
Vijay Sisodia who is the Kamala Nagar police station in-charge has said that an inquiry is underway to find out as to how the victim got access to the sleeping pills, in the hospital. Miya is from Jammu and Kashmir who is facing multiple charges after the police nabbed him last year. Of the many charges, the police also invoked the Excise Act and the Wildlife Act — as the cops had found animal bones, liquor bottles, porn CDs, expensive cars along with many other things, in his flat during the raid.
Police have also arrested one Sweety Vishwakarma (21) for abetting the crime and the matter is being heard in the court. The police are further interrogating Miya and his acquaintance.
Madhya Pradesh has recently seen a rise in the number of crimes committed against women. On January 4, a 13-year-old was abducted and raped by 9 men, till January 11. The police nabbed 7 of the nine men who raped her on different spots and an investigation is underway. On January 9, an elderly woman was raped by five men who later thrust an iron rod inside her private parts. All the five accused were arrested and the case is being heard in the court.