Chhattisgarh: Girl gang-raped last year delivers baby; boy among three held, main accused on run

NewsDrum Desk
29 Jan 2023

Korba, Jan 29 (PTI) A 13-year-old girl, who was gang-raped in Korba district of Chhattisgarh in June last year, delivered a baby recently, following which two men and a boy were arrested for the offence, police said on Sunday.

The main accused in the case, however, is on the run, they said.

The traumatised girl had not shared anything about her ordeal to her family members all these months. But shocked to learn about her delivery, they lodged a complaint against the accused, the police said.

"The incident of gang-rape had occurred on June 22 last year. The main accused and his three accomplices took the girl with them when she was alone at her home," a police official said.

They took her to an isolated place and raped her there, he said, adding that they warned her of dire consequences if she talked about the incident to anyone.

"Scared, the girl did not share it to anyone. But the matter came to light when the victim experienced labour pain and delivered a baby at her residence on January 26," the official said.

The family members then approached the police and a case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 363 (abduction), 376 (rape), 376-D (gang-rape), 506-B (criminal intimidation) and section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered on Friday, he said.

Two of the arrested accused are aged 21 and 22, but the age of the boy could not be known.

"The three accused, including a minor boy, were held and sent to jail on Saturday. The main accused of the crime is on the run," the official said, adding that efforts were on to nab him. PTI COR NP NP

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