Rape and molestation are on the rise at Parsudih and Bagbera areas of Jamshedpur, a worrying pointer to the lack of safety of women and girls in their neighbourhoods and homes as both victims and their perpetrators cut across age and demography.
During the past month, six cases of rape and five of molestation have been reported from Parsudih and Bagbera police station areas.
Early last week, one Pankaj Yadav (18) of Bagbera’s Postunagar locality, stormed into his tenant’s home in a drunken state and tried to rape the teen daughter of the house.
When the girl’s screams alerted other tenants, Pankaj fled. Her parents lodged an FIR with Bagbera police. A couple of days ago, Pankaj surrendered on his own at the Sakchi court.
Last week, the father of a teenaged schoolgirl lodged a complaint with Parsudih police, alleging his minor daughter was raped by one Kartik Dey, who also recorded sleazy footage of the girl on his cellphone and circulated the MMS.
Dey, who was the driver of the complainant’s car, had reportedly been sexually exploiting the minor girl since the past few months. He is still on the run.
On the night of August 22, three youths identified as Manoj Singh, Pappu Singh and Anand Singh caught hold of a young married woman at Garabasa under Bagbera police station, molested her and dragged her to a corner to rape her. Fortunately, her screams alerted other people. The trio, however, fled.
Though her husband lodged an FIR with Bagbera police, the accused are still absconding.
On August 14, a teenaged boy raped a girl of the same age at Bheradipa slum under Bagbera police station area. The boy was arrested after the girl’s parents lodged a complaint with police.
On August 2, one Deven Karmakar (35) allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl at Govindpur in Parsudih. After her parents lodged a complaint with Parsudih police, the man was arrested and jailed, although his wife maintained he was “falsely implicated”.
A senior police officer, who didn’t want to be named, spoke of the growing instances of sexual abuse of minors, including pre-teens.
“Even children aren’t safe. We need to nab the perpetrators and ensure speedy convictions as a deterrent,” he said.
Another senior policeman said the only “heartening” factor was that parents were coming forward with complaints instead of keeping quiet.
M. Guria, the officer in charge of the Sakchi-based Mahila Police thana, admitted to the spurt of sexual violence against women in Parsudih and Bagbera.
“It’s sad that widespread ownership of hi-tech mobile phones has led to greater instances of perpetrators recording the brutal act of rape. Access to pornography is also a major reason for the rise in these crimes,” Guria said.
She added molestation or rape was attributed to male machismo, power and dominance. “Rapists can be relatives, teachers or neighbours. While we do our part, society also needs to change attitudes towards women and girls,” she said.
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