Within 48 hours, the news of two minor girls being raped in the holy city of Varanasi shocked the citizens. The police are taking action. The investigation is being conducted, but the major concern is the safety of girls in their own homes and schools.
9-year-old girl raped in school –
On Friday, November 26, a class 3rd student was raped by a sanitation worker in a private school under the Sigra Police Station. The 9-year-old is a student at Sunbeam School, Lahartara. When the girl returned home from school on Friday, her mother noticed bloodstains on her clothes. When she inquired about this, the girl explained how the uncle who did the cleaning in school misbehaved with her. There was a stir in the family and they immediately informed the police on 112. The parents went to the school along with the police. They talked to the school management and checked the CCTV footage. The girl and the sanitation worker could be seen together in the 5-minute clip from the CCTV. The police marked the sanitation worker as Ajay Kumar and later arrested him from the Manasnagar Pasiana locality in Lahartara.
The accused was presented in court on Saturday. Before the proceedings could start, the accused was thoroughly beaten by the advocates present in the court. Later, the higher officials interrupted and saved the accused. He was ordered to be held in judicial detention for 14 days by the judge. The police had also applied to the court asking for permission to interrogate the accused in police custody.
A five-member SIT has been constituted by Police Commissioner Satish Ganesh to direct the investigation. The National Security Act (Rasuka, NSA) was also imposed on the accused. The SIT is headed by DCP (Varuna Zone) Vikrant Veer. He has assured that action will be taken against the accused and the SIT will submit its report in seven days. The five-member SIT is interrogating the school management on various questions like the number of male and female employees, the facility of the washroom for girls, etc.
The Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh, Dinesh Sharma, also reached Varanasi. He assured them that the government is in full support of the victim and her family. He also assured that if the family demands action against the school management, it will be taken strictly and with full measure.
The parents and guardians are in strong action against the school authorities after the horrifying incident with the minor girl. Protests are taking place and people are demanding strict action against the accused as well as the school management. The school management, on the other hand, is trying its level best to suppress its name from surfacing in newspapers and news channels. Instead of taking responsibility and mending their mistakes and shortcomings, the school is trying to steer clear of the controversy completely.
6-year-old girl raped by her neighbour –
The 6-year-old girl living with her family in the Lallapura area under the Sigra Police Station had gone to attend a wedding in the neighbourhood with her grandmother. The 27-year-old accused was one of the guests at the wedding. He lured and raped the girl during the marriage ceremony. Upon reaching home, the girl narrated the horrifying incident to her mother. The family was furious and complained about the 27-year-old youth at Sigra Police Station. As soon as the complaint was lodged, the police sprang into action. They started investigating the said spot along with the forensics team. Although the accused had got news of the police proceedings, he ran away, but his relatives have been detained for interrogation.
ADCP Prabal Pratap Singh stated that a person had complained that his 6-year-old daughter was raped by a young neighbour. He assured them that efforts were being made by the surveillance team to arrest the accused. He also said that some family members of the accused are being questioned to find out his whereabouts. A case has been registered with the Sigra Police Station under Section 376 of the POSCO Act.
These two incidents within two days in Varanasi have raised a major concern among the city dwellers. The issue of the safety of girls is once again in the mainstream. The incidents make people wonder if girls and women of any age are safe anywhere in the country. The police are taking quick action, but will that be enough? Will taking action after an innocent girl has faced the trauma of a lifetime be enough? Why are there no pre-incident measures to prevent such incidents? Why do the accused have no fear of the Indian law and judiciary? These questions are frequently asked but rarely answered. How far is the law and judiciary going in maintaining a safe environment for girls in the country today? How responsible society is also evident. How long till girls are safe in this country?
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