Sunday, October 3, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalit girl gangrape case: Deputy Collector’s son held

Dalit girl gangrape case: Deputy Collector's son held
October 03, 2010 5:24:09 PM

Staff Reporter | Bhopal

The police on Thursday nabbed Omprakash Pradhan, son of a Deputy
Collector in connection with the gangrape of a minor dalit girl.

This is the fourth arrest in the case after three other accused
Sandeep Ahirwar, 21 year-old sons of a head constable, Satyendra
Jharia, 19 and Surendra Nanda, 19 were arrested on Wednesday. The
other two accused, Abhishek Tiwari and Gopal Sarthi, are at large.

Pradhan's father is posted as the Deputy Collector in Mandla. A minor
dalit girl was allegedly gangraped and the incident was filmed on a
cellphone by six youths, including the sons of a Deputy Collector and
a head constable in Mandla. The incident came to light after the MMS,
"local wali", was circulated in the tribal-dominated town of the

The victim, a resident of a village 20 km from the town, often visited
Mandla with her uncle. She had become friendly with one of the youths.
On one such trip to Mandla, two of the accused offered her a ride on a
motorcycle. The girl was taken to Abhishek Tiwari's house where she
was raped.

The next morning, she was taken to Mohantola jungle about two
kilometres from the Mandla police station where Ahirwar's father is
posted where the others raped her and filmed the incident. One of the
accused owns a mobile phone shop.

Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Santosh Mahto said, "The
rapists were very cruel and committed all sorts of indecent acts."
Mahto said the police identified the victim from the MMS clip. When
they reached the victim's home they found that her parents, who work
as labourers, were aware of the crime. Their neighbours had reportedly
advised them to keep quiet as the accused included sons of a
Government officer and a policeman.

The police have booked the six under various Sections of the IPC, the
SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the Information Technology Act.


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