Horror: 2,200-plus minors raped in Rajasthan in three years

Jaipur: Incidents of abuse and rape of minors have been rising in Rajasthan. As many as 3,897 cases of child abuse, 1,877 cases of child physical abuse and 139 cases of murder of children were reported from Rajasthan between 2015-2017.

Many of the girls who were victims of rape and assault were not even six years old. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), between 2014 and 2016, 27 girls younger than six years were subjected to sexual assault.

POCSO courts lacking

In Rajasthan, despite these bleak numbers, the state government has not established POCSO courts in each district. According to the home department, so far, in 4,952 cases, 6,615 people have been arrested. FIRs have been lodged in 824 cases, while 137 cases are pending.

Rape of minors: Figures make a horrible reading

Year

<6 years

6-12 years

12-16 years

16-18 years

Total

2014

6

37

195

539

777

2015

13

45

235

422

715

2016

8

48

315

426

797

 

Eight-year-old raped, murdered and then raped again in Barmer

On June 21, an eight-year-old girl was abducted from her maternal grandparents’ house in Unrod village in Girab area in Barmer. It was reported that the accused Raeesh raped her and strangled her when she began to scream. After killing her, he raped her again. For eleven days after the incident, no politician or officer cared to visit the victim’s family. On Monday, Hanuman Beniwal, MLA from Khinwsar in Nagaur district, reached the village to meet the girl’s family. He consoled the parents and offered monetary help of Rs 1 lakh. Beniwal said that incidents like this are a horror and asked the state government to provide an economic assistance of Rs 25 lakh to the victim’s family.