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sabato 29 aprile 2017
7-year-old girl lured, raped during wedding ceremony
The family members of a seven-year-old girl on Friday lodged an FIR alleging rape after the girl went missing from a wedding ceremony on Thursday night.
The girl was found in a semi-conscious state from the fields nearby the venue on Friday morning and was rushed to a hospital in Delhi.
The girl hails from Punjab and had come to attend a wedding at their relative’s place in Ghaziabad. During one of the rituals on Friday, the guests were busy dancing when the girl went missing around 7pm on Thursday. When they realised the girl was missing, family members began searching for her, but could not find her the entire night.
“On Friday morning, some locals spotted the girl lying in a semi-conscious state in a field, barely 200 metres from the house of her relative. She was taken to the hospital where women police constables and counsellors spoke to her. Her medical examination was conducted and reports are awaited,” said Srikant Prajapati, circle officer, Loni.
The police said they have lodged an FIR of rape and also under provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act at Loni Border police station on Friday.
“The family raised the suspicion of rape and we lodged the FIR against unidentified person(s). It is suspected that she was lured away by someone known to the family and taken to the fields. She is being counselled and we are waiting for her to be stable. Once she is able to speak, she will be able to help us out with more details. She is currently in a state of shock and trauma,” Prajapati said.
The police suspect that the girl was also beaten up during the incident which made her fall unconscious. The officials said they have also collected some evidence from the scene of crime.