Encounter Accused In Cases Of Minor’s Rape & Murder: Telangana Minister Chamakura Malla Reddy

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Telangana minister Chamakura Malla Reddy is in news for his controversial remarks advocating the encounter of perpetrators in rape and murder cases involving minors. His statement comes just days after a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped and killed by her neighbour in Hyderabad’s Saidabad area. The incident had stoked a widespread outrage among locals, who demanded strict action against the accused.

On September 15, Reddy said during his interaction with the media that the accused in case of minor’s rape and murder should be encountered. “We will nab the accused and will encounter him. We’ll stand by the victim’s family. We’ll provide aid to the family. We will console them,” the Telangana labour minister further added.

Chamakura Malla Reddy isn’t the only politician from the state to have advocated the encounter of perpetrators in cases of sexual assault and the death of minors.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Revanth Reddy had made a similar controversial statement on Tuesday. Accusing police of inaction, Revanth Reddy had said that the youth in the area are demanding for the encounter of the accused like in the 2019 gangrape and murder case of a veterinary doctor. “They want to catch the accused and punish him, as the police are not able to do so.”

The case that sparked these controversial remarks

On September 9, a six-year-old girl in Saidabad was allegedly raped and murdered by a 30-year-old man who lived nearby. The accused allegedly lured the minor to his house with a promise of candies. When her parents could not locate their daughter, they filed a missing complaint with the police. Her body was found inside the house of their neighbour Raju in the evening. A case was then registered and charges were filed under sections relevant for rape and murder and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012.

When the police tried to shift the girl’s body to a local hospital, locals held a protest and obstructed their way. Only when they were promised that the perpetrator would be brought to justice within a month, did the public allow police to move the body.

The police have formed 15 special teams to hunt the accused down, who remains absconding to date. The police have also announced a reward of rupees 10 lakh for anyone who offers information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

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