CHANDIGARH: A 12-year-old girl on her way home from Independence Day celebrations at school was on Tuesday forcefully dragged to a park here and raped at knifepoint.
The Class VIII student of a government school was crossing the children’s traffic park in Sector 23, which is manned by the Chandigarh Police, when a man, aged about 40, allegedly caught hold of the girl and dragged her into a nullah in the park and raped her at knifepoint. He also tried to asphyxiate her and fled from the spot after the incident. The area where the crime took place in the park has thick growth of grass and bushes.
Sources said the girl returned home and narrated the incident to her parents who immediately called the police and took her to the Government Multi Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 for a medical examination which confirmed rape. A case of rape, kidnapping, obstructing the way, threatening and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, have been registered at Sector 17 police station.
Sources said police were examining closed-circuit television cameras installed at the children’s traffic park to zero in on the suspect.
Officiating senior superintendent of police Chandigarh, Eish Singhal, who was at the Independence Day function at parade ground in Sector 17, rushed to the spot along with all deputy superintendents and station house officers. Police inspected the scene of crime for about four hours. “The girl was crossing the children’s traffic park, located in the heart of the city, around 8.15 am when she was abducted by the man and sexually assaulted,” said Singhal.
An official said the girl was a National Cadet Corps student and had been going to school for the last three days for practice.Singhal said the girl’s statement was recorded before a magistrate and that she also told police that the accused was not known to her.
Meanwhile, a girl lodged a complaint on Monday night with the police that three youth in a white car stalked her in Sector 36 and continued to chase her till her house in Sector 40 while she was on her way home. She alleged that they tried to grab her and push her into their car but she somehow managed to reach home and alert police. A case has been registered for stalking.