A 13-year-old girl returned to her home in Umaria, Madhya Pradesh on January 15 after she was gangraped by 9 men. Seven of the accused have been arrested.
She was abducted by a man she knew on January 4 who took her to an isolated place and raped her along with his six other friends. Before releasing her from their clutches on January 5, the main accused threatened to kill her if the girl revealed anything to anyone about the incident.
Six days after the horror, the girl was again abducted by one of the seven men who raped her before. They kept her captive in the forests and roadside eateries, where three of them raped her again , a police official said.
Traumatised, the girl sought help from the vehicles passing by is when a truck driver Rohit Yadav spotted her. He allegedly took her to a dhaba where he raped her. She was dropped by Yadav near Umaria-Katni toll plaza from where she sought help from another truck passing by. She was again raped by this truck driver before she escaped and got back to her home on January 13.
She was counselled for over 20 hours after which she helped the police identify the accused. The cops nabbed seven of the 9 accused, while a manhunt for other two is underway.
Umaria Superintendent of Police Vikas Shahwal said, “According to the doctors, she is in deep mental trauma and shock. We have kept her under observation at one-stop crisis centre, where she is being counselled.”
This is the fifth such incident in Madhya Pradesh in less than 10 days. Four other females were brutally assaulted and raped between January 9-January 11, of which one 13-year-old was murdered after rape in Khandwa district.
A 48-year-old woman was gangraped on January 9 in Sidhi district. The five accused who now are in the police custody assaulted the woman with an iron rod, the police officials said. Another such incident was reported on Janury 12 in Ujjain where a young woman was brutally assaulted by her husband with sharp-edged weapon. She is currently battling for her life in a hospital of Indore while the police have nabbed two accused.
Meanwhile, such crimes are on the rise in MP at a time when chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has initiated the ‘Samman’ campaign that intends to spread awareness among people on crimes against women.