By Kanwardeep Singh
Bareilly: A 15-year-old Dalit girl, a student of Class VIII, was allegedly raped by a youth in a village under the jurisdiction of Kundarki police station in Moradabad district on Thursday morning.
Police said the girl had gone out of her house early in the morning when the accused dragged her into his shop and raped her.
An FIR was registered under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and appropriate sections of the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, said police, adding that the accused was absconding and multiple teams were deployed to nab him.
Police said the crime took on a communal turn as the accused belonged to another community, and thus, a police force was deployed in the village to ensure peace.
The girl was sent for a medical examination and police recorded her statement.
In his complaint, the girl’s elder brother alleged that when the family found the girl missing from the house, they started searching for her and heard her screaming coming from a shop locked from inside. When they knocked at the door repeatedly, the accused fled the spot and they found the girl lying semiconscious inside the shop, alleged the brother, adding that his sister told the family that she was raped.
Circle officer Desh Deepak Singh, who is probing the case, told TOI, “The girl is a minor, who studies in a school, while the accused is around 25-year-old and runs a furniture shop. I have inspected the spot in the presence of the girl’s family. We have gathered evidence from the village and multiple teams have been deployed to nab the accused.”