A six-year-old girl and her mother were gang-raped by some unknown persons in a moving car in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand recently.
According to senior police officials, the accident occurred on Friday night when the underage girl and her mother were heading to Rourke from Calyar. The woman and her daughter rode in a car on Cagliar Rourke Road. Then, three to four men gang-raped the two inside the car before dumping them in a secluded spot near the stretch of Ganga Canal and fled in the car.
Police were alerted an hour after the incident. The two were soon taken to the hospital. The mother reportedly earns by begging and lives in a shelter.
On the complaint of the girl’s mother, the FIR under Section 376 (Rape) of the Indian Penal Code and related sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) was filed at the Rorke Civil Line Police Station against unknown persons. The police also released a photo of one of the suspects.
About six to seven police teams are working on the case and we’ve found some crucial evidence based on CCTV footage and are investigating the same. We have released a photo of the suspect and announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for any information on the suspect. “We will soon be able to apprehend the perpetrators,” said District Officer (Rourke) Vivek Kumar. He added that the child’s medical report confirmed that he had been sexually abused.
Meanwhile, the NCW spontaneously learned of the alleged gang rape of the woman and her six-year-old daughter. The National Council for Women has formed a three-member fact-finding team to look into the matter.
The team visited the survivors at the hospital where they are undergoing treatment and the site of the accident. The team also met with an SP deputy, an investigative officer, and an SHO as part of the investigation.
Constituency officer Vivek Kumar claimed that the NCW team was satisfied with the investigation so far. “The woman is not able to give us much information about the accused except that one of the accused was called Sonu. We are still able to gather important evidence and we are close to arresting the perpetrators.