PM Modi might have coined the slogan “Band Karo Nari Par Vaar” to stop cruelty against women, but in seven years of his rule, nothing is changed for women.
Minor girls were made to walk naked and beg at locals’ homes at a tribal village in Madhya Pradesh for relief from a drought-like situation and to appease the rain god. Officials said the incident happened in the Damoh district on Sunday as part of a ritual.
An eyewitness told Afternoon Voice, “the girls were in shame they were crying; one was so small that she did not even understand what she was made to do.” All men and boys accompanied them door-to-door, it was a real pain but authorities turned onlookers.”
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sought a report from the Damoh district administration. A video that has emerged reportedly shows at least six bare-bodied girls of about five years of age walking together with a wooden shaft on their shoulders with a frog tied to it.
The Pune incident has sent shock waves, 13 men raped A 14-year-old girl at various locations in and around the Pune railway station between August 31 and September 1. Six of the arrested men are autorickshaw drivers, while the other two are Class IV, railway employees.
Senior inspector Deepak Lagad told Afternoon Voice, “We are investigating the matter, and the girl is given medical assistance. On Monday night, three persons were detained for questioning in relation to the crime; the girl had left home around 10.30 pm on August 31 to meet a friend at the railway station. But her friend did not turn up.
“The traumatized girl has not yet revealed how she reached the railway station,” Lagad said.
“An autorickshaw driver spotted her crying and offered to drop her back home. However, he took her to a lodge and raped her. Later, he called his friends, who took turns to rape the girl at various places before they left her on board the Pune-Jammu Tawi Jhelum express train around 5.30 pm on September 2,” Lagad said.
“On September 1, the girl’s parents had approached the police to report their missing daughter. We were investigating the matter and examined the CCTV footage in and around the railway station. We spotted the autorickshaw driver taking the girl, buying a ticket, and leaving her on the train,” he said.
“The police sent wireless messages to all railway police stations along the train route. The Chandigarh railway police found the girl on September 4 and alerted the Pune police. A police team reached Chandigarh by air on September 5 to bring the girl back to Pune. She has narrated her woes to a woman police officer,” Lagad added.
In another incident, the police are looking out for a man, suspected to have killed his wife during a fight in the Moshi area of Pune, and leaving her body in their locked house until the police found it on Monday. The deceased woman was identified as Dr Sarla Vijaykumar Salve, while the husband, who is believed to have left a self-incriminating note in their house before going on the run was identified as Vijaykumar Gajanan Salve, a local government official.
“She was a doctor at Naidu Hospital. The man is a talathi in Pune. We are looking for him,” said senior police inspector Shivaji Gawari, of MIDC Bhosari police station, who is investigating the case.