LUDHIANA: Police have arrested a 22-year-old man for raping a minor and trying to kill her in Ambedkar Nagar on Thursday evening
The 10-year-old girl's father said in his police complaint, "The accused, a waiter, has been my tenant for a year. When I returned home from work around 7.30pm on Thursday, my daughter was missing. We looked for her in the nearby areas, but she was no where."
Around 9pm, the Class I student returned home with injuries on her head. When her parents asked about the injuries, she broke down and narrated the ordeal.
"She said the accused took her to a market, promising to buy her goll-gappas. From there he took her to a secluded place in Ambedkar Nagar, where he raped her. He then tried to kill her by smashing her head with a boulder. Thinking that she was dead, he left. My daughter came home after she regained consciousness," he added.
As neighbours learned about the incident, they caught hold of the accused when he was roaming around in the area. After beating him black and blue, they handed him over to the police.
A case under sections 376 (rape), 307 (attempt to rape), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and section 3, 4, 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, has been registered. The girl's medical examination was conducted at civil hospital.
In another case, police have booked a resident of Ekta Colony for raping a minor in city on Thursday.
In his police complaint, the 16-year-old girl's father said, "Minto, 19, used to stalk my daughter. On the evening of December 12, he coerced her into visiting his house. When she went to his place, he raped her. He threatened her with dire consequences if she breathed a word about it."
"The following days, my daughter looked shocked. When we prodded her, she told us about the incident," he added.
Police said the accused had been following the Class VII student for long. Her family had complained about it to his parents, but to no avail.
A case under sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered.
Investigating officer Balbir Singh said, "A manhunt has been launched to arrest the accused. "