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Rape charge

Raiganj, April 9: The father of a 12-year-old hearing-impaired girl today filed a police complaint saying a neighbour allegedly raped her on Monday.

“She is in Class II and has a hearing problem since birth. Around 4pm on Monday, Sitaram Roy, 23, came to our house, lured my child with chocolates and took her to his home where he raped her,” said the father, a driver. “My daughter came home crying and narrated the incident to her mother through sign language.” When the father confronted Sitaram, he was thrashed. The girl also interacted with her school principal, who knows sign language, after which the police complaint was lodged. Sitaram, who is unemployed, has fled.