Minor girl critical after gangrape; locals protest

Motihari: A 12-year-old girl is in critical condition after being gangraped allegedly by two persons in Bedivan Madhuvan village here, an incident which triggered protest by locals who today blocked National Highway 28 demanding speedy trial, police said.

On June 15, the girl had gone to collect mangoes in an orchard where the two accused gangraped her, they said quoting the complaint lodged by her family.

Meanwhile, the victim’s father said he was being coerced by two of the villagers to withdraw the case and being threatened his son would be kidnapped otherwise.

Locals today blocked Motihari-Muzaffarpur National Highway 28 near Pipra in East Champaran district demanding speedy trial of the two arrested in connection with the gangrape of the girl.

The demonstrators blocked the NH 28 and burnt tyres demanding the alleged attackers of the be given “exemplary punishment” and the trial be facilitated, a police officer said.

The victim was now being treated in Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and her condition was critical as she received serious internal injuries, her family said today.

Victim’s father told PTI his daughter was operated upon in PMCH last evening but she has not gained consciousness yet.

Chakia Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Mundrika Prasad said two persons – Pramod Sahni and Kamlesh Sahni – were arrested the same day and sent to jail on the basis of FIR lodged by victim’s father.

Commenting on the demand by locals, he said speedy trial will be conducted in the case.

Chakia Sub-Divisional Officer Chitragupta said district administration will look after the treatment of the girl.

She was initially admitted to Motihari Sadar Hospital in a critical condition but later referred to PMCH, Patna.

Her father claimed his daughter’s treatment is being carried out with the help of contributions collected from the people of his village.