Rajasthan man rapes tribal girl: A teenager belonging to a tribal community was allegedly raped for over a year and then forced to take abortion pills to terminate her pregnancy. The incident took place at Jhalawar district of Rajasthan on October 11, yesterday.
The police said that the teenager was raped by her neighbour for over a year. There seems to be some confusion over the survivor’s age. While her family claimed that she is above 18 years, the police are trying to determine her exact age.
The incident came to light after the survivor complained of stomach ache and was taken to a local hospital, where doctors found out that she was six months pregnant. The police also said that the survivor is recovering in hospital and her condition is reported to be out of danger.
Here are ten important facts to know about the incident:
- The Mandawar Police are still trying to determine the age of the survivor and if sections of The Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 can be incorporated in the list of charges or not.
- On basis of a complaint filed by the family of the survivor, the alleged accused has been charged with Sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with rape, causing miscarriage without a woman’s consent, an act done with intent to prevent the child from being born alive or to cause it to die after birth and the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe Act, which is to prevent offences against the members of the Scheduled Case and the Scheduled Tribe.
- The survivor lived near the accused person’s house.
- The alleged rape took place over a year and the survivor was also forced to take abortion pills.
- The doctors came to know after examining the survivor who was admitted to a local hospital for stomach ache.
- However, the foetus failed to survive due to the abortion pills given by the accused.
- According to Deputy Superintendent Rajiv Parihar, the pills forced by the accused after the alleged rape incidents were to cover the crime.
- The survivor belongs to the Bhil community at Jhalawar district in Rajasthan.
- Bhil is one of the largest tribal groups in India, living in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.
- The name bhil is derived from billu which means bow. The Bhils are known archers and have deep knowledge of their local geography.