72-year-old accused of raping girls at orphanage

Shivpuri (MP): A 72-year-old retired professor has been booked for allegedly raping six minor girls living at a government-aided orphanage, while his daughter, who ran it, has been arrested today.

Advocate Shaila Agrawal (40) has been charged with helping her father, K N Agrawal, rape the girls, inspector Aradhana Davis of Women Crime Cell said here.

S Shukla, an officer of Women and Child Development department, got suspicious during a routine counselling of the orphans some weeks ago. She called them for another round of counselling in presence of District Collector O P Shrivastava and other officers concerned yesterday, Davis said.

Six girls claimed Agrawal raped them repeatedly. An FIR was lodged against Agrawal and his daughter under relevant sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act late last night, police said.

Shaila has been sent in police remand till tomorrow by a local court, they said.