In a gruesome incident, two men brutally gang-raped an 11-year-old girl and left her to die in a jungle near a well-known temple in Madhya Pradesh.
A new day, another rape case with high intensity of brutality. Her body bore bites and injuries which pertain to sexual assault. The accused allegedly inserted a hard object in her private parts. The minor was soaked in blood when found by police authorities.
Madhya Pradesh 11-year-old girl raped near Shrine
Satna Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Gupta told Press Trust of India, "I am not denying that a stick or other object was inserted into the girl's private parts but can only be confirmed by a medical report."
The two men raped a minor girl, sexually brutalised her body with multiple bites and reportedly inserted an object into her private parts that too at the nearby famous temple of Sharda Devi, Maihar town of Satna district.
The accused are identified as Ravindra Kumar Ravi and Atul Bhadoliya and the other accused worked at a temple management-run cow shelter. Question - What went into the mind of these accused while committing such a heinous crime? What did these men get by humiliating and traumatising her for life?
Now missed on keeping track of rape cases India witnessed every day. We have multiple surveys but of no use because nothing substantial is happening to prevent the prevalence of rape. As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, on average, India registered 86 cases of rape daily in 2021. In every single hour, 49 cases of crime against women are reported, forget unreported ones. In 2011 a woman was raped every 20 minutes, and in 2021 it became every 16 minutes. See where society has come to.
After the 2012 Delhi rape case, new anti-rape laws were framed, and Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was amended. MP minor rape case is similar to the 2012 Delhi rape case, only the victim is a minor. So, what changed over 11 years (2012 to 2023)? Increase in rape cases, minor rape cases, gang rapes, and brutality of sexual assault. Where do women ask for safety, if even amended laws have failed to protect them?
The 2019 NCRB data shows conviction rate is as low as 27.8%, only 28 out of 100 accused get convicted. What was the use of amended law, if it could not prevent rape. Offering justice to victims and punishing survivors is one part of it, but what about deterrence against rapes in society. Bilkis Bano, a 19-year-old pregnant woman was gang raped, accused were sentenced to life in prison but were released. What example are we setting in society? Are our laws enough to create fear among people over the consequences of rape? No, we are not, otherwise, the number would have not increased. How should an 11-year-old have faith in the system?
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan directed the police to take strict action. Police arrested and booked the culprits under IPC sections 376 (rape), 376DB (gang rape on minor), 366A, 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (hurt by using dangerous weapons), and POCSO Act.
The local authorities on Saturday demolished the houses of two accused of raping and brutalising a minor girl in the temple town of Madhya Pradesh's Satna district. The family members urged officials to take any step only on completion of the probe, however, they went ahead with the demolition, as per a report.
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