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‘Raped’ with job ruse

Tamluk, Jan. 27: Two schoolgirls, aged 15 and 17 years, have alleged that they were gang-raped a month ago by a farm labourer from their village and his three friends in a hotel in East Midnapore’s Mecheda where the two were lured with the promise of jobs.

Police said the girls, daughters of poor farm labourers, did not reveal anything for a month until their parents noticed they were unusually quiet.

“They would not talk and confined themselves to their rooms. After repeated questioning, one of the girls broke down yesterday and told her parents about the incident in a Mecheda hotel. The other girl’s parents were contacted and they lodged separate complaints with the police today,” an officer said.

The prime accused, Ganesh Jana, was arrested near his home later today. He was remanded in a week’s police custody.

“We are looking for the three others,” said S.K. Jain, the district superintendent of police.

Medical tests were conducted on both girls — students of Classes VII and IX — after the complaints of gang rape were lodged. They were released later this evening.

Asked how the girls were lured, a police officer said: “Ganesh had told the two that he would arrange for part-time jobs for them at some industrial unit in Mecheda. The girls told us that they were taken to a hotel in Mecheda where Ganesh and three of his friends gang-raped them. After the atrocity, the girls were allowed to go but were threatened with dire consequences if they revealed anything.”

The girls today had their statements recorded before a magistrate.