Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, February 21
An eight-year-old girl was among two minor girls who were allegedly raped in the city in separate incidents.
In the first incident, the Ladhowal police booked Ranjit Singh of Majara Khurd for raping the eight-year-old-girl. As per the complainant, on February 20, her sister had gone to the forest area alongside the Sutlej where the accused raped her. The accused had also threatened her sister of dire consequences if she reveal anything to the family or the police.
Investigating officer SI Manpreet Kaur said a case under Section 376, IPC, and Section 4, POCSO Act, was registered against the accused and a raid was being conducted to nab him.
Another case was registered at the Jodhewal police station on Saturday against Arshdeep Singh Bhatia of Pancheel Colony on the charges of raping a 15-year-old girl of the locality.
The victim said she, along with with her family members, were staying as tenants in the house of the accused. On February 8, when she was alone at home, the accused barged into the room and forcibly took her to Amritsar where he held her hostage in hotels and raped her.
The victim said the accused had developed a friendship with her and had promised to marry her.
“When the accused took me to Amritsar, he assured that he will soon get married with me. Afterwards, he developed physical relationship with me. He kept me in different hotels in Amritsar. Later on February 12, he refused to marry me and dropped me on the Noorwala road, “ the victim said.
Investigating officer ASI Gurmukh Singh said a case of rape and criminal intimidation was registered against the accused and raids were being conducted to nab him.
15-year-old violated in Khanna
A 15-year-old girl was raped at Payal in police district of Khanna. Khushpreet Singh Khushi of Mahpur village in Payal booked in the case. As per the complainant, the mother of the victim, on the intervening night of February 19 and 20, her daughter went missing from her room. Later, she was traced on the Sirthala road.
She said the accused had developed a relationship with her and took her to his house where he raped her. He refused to marry her and left her left her on the road. Investigating officer SI Rajwant Kaur said the accused was yet to be arrested.
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