BHOPAL: Taking cognizance into the gang-rape of a 19-year-old civil services aspirant, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday directed a fast-track trial into the case.
Chouhan also proposed to bring in a legislation for awarding death penalty for raping minors.
The incident took place on Thursday when the girl, who was returning home after attending her coaching class, was abducted by four men and allegedly gang-raped near railway tracks in the capital city.
Government Railway Police (GRP) Superintendent of Police, Anita Malviya informed that the culprits have been booked under sections 376 D (gang rape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code at the GRP Police Station, on the basis of victim’s complaint.
The 19-year-old B.Sc student is the daughter of a police constable mother and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel father. In fact, the cop couple’s daughter was allegedly raped just 100m from the RPF outpost when she was returning from her civil services coaching class.
After the incident, the girl’s mother, who caught one of the accused, had to allegedly coax the MP Nagar police for lodging a case. However, they declined saying that the matter pertained to the Habibganj PS.
The Habibganj Government Railway Police (GRP) finally lodged a case of gang rape and abduction against the gang members aged between 22 and 40 years.
Responding to the allegations of mishandling by the police, MP inspector general of police Makrand Deuskar told the New Indian Express, “The state police’s additional DG (ADG-Crime Against Women) Aruna Mohan Rao has directed DIG (Crime Against Women) Sudhir Kumar Lad to prove the allegations.”
The Bhopal South police and the Madhya Pradesh state women commission too have ordered a probe against the concerned staff.
(With PTI inputs)