Kolkata: Two minor girls were allegedly raped repeatedly for a period of two months by two men in Gobindapur area of south Kolkata. Both the accused have been arrested, and a case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
On Tuesday night no sooner did the news of sexual assault of two minors spread out huge agitation started in the Gobindapur area of south Kolkata.
As per local and police sources the two minors were allegedly raped repeatedly for two months by the two accused Shankar Haldar a security guard of a housing complex and his friend Gora Chand Das, a wall painter. Both the accused lured the two minor girls with toffees and money. They also said not to disclose about the incident to anyone. Gora Chand a local of Gobindapur who stays at a stone’s throw distance of the housing complex where Shankar worked as a security guard. Gora Chand used to meet Shankar everyday near the housing complex. The minors girls used to come to an NGO in the same locality for studies. Both the accused lured them with toffees and money, took them to an empty room in the same complex where Shankar was employed, and raped them repeatedly for two months.
This incident continued for two months. But the truth was disclosed after a teacher of the same NGO saw bite marks on one of the minor’s cheek and asked her about it. Initially the minors hesitated to say anything as they were threatened by the accused but later they unfolded about the heinous crime and the horrific days they had gone through. Meanwhile, incident was registered at Lake police station. Both the accused have been arrested, and a case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
On this day a police official said both the minors have been sent to hospital for medical examination, And an investigation is underway, he also added that immediate action will be taken against the culprits.
In the recent past, there has been a surge in sexual crimes against minors. Earlier in January, an eight-year-old girl, who belonged to a nomadic Muslim tribe in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, was allegedly abducted, drugged, gang-raped, tortured and killed.In Indore, an infant below the age of one was allegedly raped and killed.
Taking cognizance of such crimes, President Ram Nath Kovind, on April 22, promulgated the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape.
The ordinance seeks the death penalty for the rapists of girls below 12 years of age and stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years, thereby strengthening the POCSO Act.