Rape accused Puklu Devgam at Olidih police station on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
An 18-year-old youth was arrested after his neighbours allegedly caught him raping his five-year-old cousin at a slum in Olidih, Mango, on Wednesday afternoon.
The minor girl, who was bleeding profusely, was admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital. Her condition is serious but stable.
Puklu Devgam is also known in the locality as a drug addict, tried to flee when caught red-handed. However, neighbours caught hold of him, beat him up soundly and later dragged him to Olidih police station.
Relatives said the girl had returned from school around 12.15pm and had been playing alone near her house when Puklu approached her.
Both her parents, daily wage earners, were away on work. Puklu took her to his nearby home and started raping her in a room.
When the victim started screaming in pain, neighbours rushed to the spot.
As the room did not have a door, they caught the accused in the act. Then, they called the victim’s parents who rushed the bleeding girl to MGM hospital.
A hospital source said the child was bleeding profusely when she was admitted. “Her condition could have become critical had there been a delay in rushing her here,” he said.
At Olidih, irate residents, led by local BJP leader Vikas Singh, took Puklu to Olidih police station, about 500m, and handed him over.
Officer-in-charge of Olidih police station Samir Kumar confirmed that a youth had been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl.
“Puklu Devgam, who is the cousin of the rape victim, has been arrested under Section 376 of the IPC,” said Kumar.
Kumar added that the five-year-old was recovering gradually. “A medical examination will be performed on the victim to confirm rape so that the accused gets convicted,” Kumar said.
BJP leader Vikas Singh, who had led the residents to the police station with Puklu, said the parents of the girl were working at a construction site. “It is a barbaric act, a blot on humanity. The child was admitted to MGM Medical College and Hospital as her condition was serious,” Singh said.