Pune, January 29, 2012
Four-year-old Dalit girl raped in Karad
A four-year-old Dalit girl was raped by a 17-year-old Maratha boy in
Karad's Kathavli village on Friday, police said on Saturday.
The girl, admitted to the Satara civil hospital, is out of danger. The
boy was sent to the remand home in Satara to be kept under
observation, police inspector Barkhat Mujawar said. This is the second
incident of atrocity on a Dalit in Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's
hometown Karad in under a month.
Earlier this month, a Dalit woman Rekha Chavan was beaten up and
paraded in Mulgaon village in Karad, as her son had allegedly eloped
with a Maratha girl.
In the Kathavli incident, police arrested the boy late on Friday
evening. He has been booked under Section 375 (rape) of the Indian
Penal Code, as also the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of
Atrocities) Act, (1989). He was produced in court on Saturday.
Mr. Mujawar said the parents claimed that the boy, a ninth standard
student, was "mentally unstable" and undergoing treatment since the
age of 10. "Two doctors have been appointed at the remand home to
attend to him," he said.
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