Shameful: Priests gang-rape minor in temple premises

Bhopal: Rapes of minor children has become a social evil which needs to be put to record before it gets deep into our society.

A similar disgusting incident of a 5-year-old minor’s gang-rape by two temple priest in temple premises is reported from Datia district on Tuesday, HT reports.

The Police has arrested both the priests identified as Raju Pandit(55) and Batoli Prajapati (45) late this Tuesday night.

The accused have now been booked under Section 376 (rape) of Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO).

The victim is a farmers daughter and has been admitted to a district hospital where her condition is stated to be stable.

“The accused lured the girl with a sweet dish inside the temple. They raped the girl and then dropped her outside her home. They also threatened the girl of dire consequences if she revealed the crime to anyone,” said Goraghat police station town inspector Ripudaman Singh reporting on the case.

“The girl’s mother noticed that her daughter was feeling great pain and especially while relieving herself. When the mother asked the girl why she was in pain, the girl initially did not say anything, but later she blurted out her ordeal. The family informed the police and rushed the girl to the district hospital,” Singh continued.

The Datia Superintendent of police, Mayank Awasthi said, “The people have alleged that the two priests might have harassed other minors too, as several girls had told their parents that these priests were ‘not good’. We are investigating the matter.”

According to the recent statistics of crime against women and minor children has risen this year.

As many as 1,894 rapes and 4,069 molestation cases were registered in the first five months of this as per the state women’s cell records, i.e., on an average 13 rapes and 27 instances of molestation are reported every day.