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Minor gets pregnant after rape in Chittor, Panchayat tries to settle case

Minor gets pregnant after rape in Chittor, Panchayat tries to settle case

‘Informer calls ChildLine for help’

Udaipur : In a shocking incident, a minor girl in Chittorgarh who became pregnant following weeks of sexual abuse by a middle aged man of the same village, was forced by the panchayat to ‘settle’ the matter in exchange of some amount. An informed citizen called up the Child Line on Sunday and narrated the incident, the organization sprung to action and sought judicial help. The District Legal Service Authority counselled the reluctant parents and convinced them to file a police complaint against the accused under the POCSO Act which was registered on Monday.

Meanwhile, SHO Chanderiya police station Udai Singh told Udaipur Kiran that the minor’s rape case has been registered and a team has been sent to the village to find the accused. However the officer also said that the allegation on panchayat trying to settle the case was false and no money exchange happened in the episode. A 13-year old girl in Satpura village under Chanderiya police station limits became pregnant after days of sexual exploitation by a 40 year old man in her village. ” The girls parents worked in fields and while they were away, the accused used to take the girl to a nearby ‘devra’ and rape her. He forced her some 7-8 times. He threatened the girl that if she revealed this to her parents, he would kill them all.

The minor suffered the torture for weeks until her belly began to grow. The parents initially thought sand eating habit of the girl had been the reason for belly bulging but later they knew she was pregnant” Bhojraj Singh Padampura, co-ordinator of Child Line at Chittorgarh told Udaipur Kiran. The caste panchayat discussed the case and tried to settle the matter in exchange of some money, however, one of an informed citizen called up the child line , Bhojraj said. The informer, reportedly told Childline that he too had a daughter, and couldnt bear to see that a rape accused get away easily paying penalty while the minor would suffer all her life.

Judicial officers intervened and counselled the girl’s parents who were too frightened and reluctant to lodge a complaint where panchayat had already decided. The child line team alleged delay on the police as the girl was not taken for a medical examination which is the prime requisite in POCSO cases.

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