Guwahati, Sept. 16: Police today arrested five boys aged between 12 and 15 on charges of raping a 10-year-old girl in the city under Basistha police station.
According to the police, the girl’s father, a daily wage earner, today lodged an FIR complaining that his daughter had been raped by the five boys in an abandoned house on Saturday night.
“Her parents said the child had been missing since Saturday evening and did not come home that night. She came yesterday and told her parents about the incident. Based on the complaint, we registered a case and conducted medical examination of the girl and the boys. We had forwarded the boys to the Juvenile Justice Board and in adherence to the board’s orders, sent them to a reformatory home,” police at Basistha said.
Neither the boys, who stay with their parents at rented houses, nor the girl go to school, the police said.
The medical report of the child is awaited.
“The boys were picked up and held on the basis of the girl’s statement,” the police said. The girl was being kept at a shelter home and will receive medical aid and counselling.
“The trial of the boys, if the report establishes rape, will begin later,” the police said.
Based on the FIR, the boys have been booked under Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
If found guilty, they could be in prison for a period of three years.
In a separate incident, the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights today admitted an 11-year-old alleged rape victim to Nagaon civil hospital. A team of the commission, led by its chairperson Runumi Gogoi, visited Kheroni in Karbi Anglong district for an on-the-spot inquiry into the case which came to light yesterday. Kheroni is 190km from here and 65km from Nagaon.
The girl was allegedly raped by a 25-year-old from the same locality on September 6. The accused was arrested the same day. Gogoi told this correspondent that the girl hails from a “very poor” family.
“She lives with her mother who works as a maid in the locality and has two sisters. Her father abandoned the family about seven years back. We accompanied the girl to hospital today. Prior to that, her mother, who did not have the resources to take her to a hospital, had only managed to get her some antibiotics,” Gogoi said.