Minor schoolgirl’s rape shocks Ahmednagar

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Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), July 21 (IANS) Ahmednagar district was shocked by the alleged rape of a 13-year-old schoolgirl by an unidentified person who gave her a lift to school, an official said here on Friday.

The incident occurred around 10.30 a.m on Friday when the girl was waiting outside her village Mandave for a bus to take her to school in Teesgaon, around three km away.

As she was getting late, her mother stopped an unknown motorcyclist and requested him to drop the girl to school, which he readily agreed to, according to police official R.K. Ranzane of Pathardi Police Station.

However, according to the minor girl’s account, a Class VII student, he took a different route to the school and at an isolated spot brutally raped her.

Later, he took her back to Mandave village and dumped her in the village square, Buddheswar Chowk, before speeding off from there.

There, the girl was noticed crying loudly by the villagers who, after learning of the tragedy that befell her, staged an impromptu road-block there.

The engaged villagers also stoned the local bus station and several vehicles plying on the road demanding police action.

They went to the local police station demanding that the culprit be immediately traced and brought to book.

Ranzane said three police teams had been set up and had fanned out in different directions to trace the missing motorcyclist.

The victim has been sent to Ahmednagar Civil Hospital for a medical check-up and top police officials are supervising the investigations.

Locals said that nearly half the children from Mandave attend the school in Teesgaon and commute six km up and down daily between the two villages.

The incident came barely a week after the first anniversary of the horrific Kopardi gangrape, murder and mutilation of a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Mandave is barely 100 kms from Kopardi.

The high-profile Kopardi gangrape-cum-murder trial is currently underway in the Ahmednagar Sessions Court.

–IANS

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