Crime against women, especially rape and even incest rape incidents, are on the rise over the last three years in Tamil Nadu. With regard to girls of younger age being victims of sexual assault and abuse, law enforcers say that stringent law that is the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act came into force only recently.
Before the sigh of relief from the horrific Pollachi rape case, news after news keeps on emerging about the violence against women in Tamilnadu. Recently two auto drivers have been arrested for raping a class 10 student in Kancheepuram.
Police said the girl left home after a fight with her father on Sunday morning. As she did not return, her parents lodged a missing complaint in the evening. The girl returned home on Monday morning and told her parents that she had been raped.
The girl who had argument with her father decided to go to a temple nearby by boarding in an auto. While reaching the temple in auto, she found the temple closed and asked the auto driver to drop her back. According to police officers, the auto drivers promised her to take her to another big temple which is located on the banks of a river. The girl who accepted initially without realizing the ploy, questioned him about the spot they reached.
To make her silent they beaten her and raped according to the police report. Subsequently, the police altered the missing case into a kidnap and rape and arrested two autorickshaw drivers on Tuesday. Search is on for two more suspects.“The 15-year-old girl had some argument with her father on Sunday morning and left home. She boarded an auto with the driver and his friend,” said a police officer. Preliminary investigations revealed that the men took the girl to a temple which was closed at the time. The duo, who saw the girl weeping, consoled her and promised that they would take her to another temple nearby, said the police officer.
“The two men then allegedly took the girl to a deserted land and committed the crime. On Monday morning, the girl walked back and narrated the incident to her parents, “ said Kancheepuram SP Santosh Hadimani. The duo allegedly raped the girl and also called two others, who also sexually abused her. Later they fled, said the police. The girl was admitted to a government hospital.
Another senior police officer said the girl knew the men since they belonged to the same locality. Based on details given by the girl, the police arrested the duo under the POCSO Act. Search is on for the remaining two suspects.