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Rapes sully cop claims

- 20-year-old youth in net for assault on teenager

A spurt in incidents of rape has exposed the hollow claims of police in maintaining law and order.

A 20-year-old youth was arrested from Maner on Sunday for allegedly outraging the modesty of a 14-year-old girl hailing from Chhapra in Saran district.

The accused, Sunny Kumar, who works in a private firm, is stated to be a relative of the victim.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by city superintendent of police Ashish Anand conducted a raid at Paijab village under the jurisdiction of the Maner police station and arrested Sunny.

The police later recovered the girl from the house of Sunnyís relative.

During interrogation, he revealed that he had brought the girl to Patna from Chhapra on his motorcycle two days ago and they stayed in the official residence of an employee of the Patna High Court at Adalatganj in the city where he raped her.

Subsequently, he took the girl to another relativeís house at Maner, around 20km from Patna, and confined her to a room. The victimís relative somehow came to know about the matter and reached the residence with the police on Sunday. Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said the victim has been sent to Patna Medical College And Hospital for medical examination.

The accused has been booked on the charge of rape as the girl is a minor, he told The Telegraph.

The SSP said instructions had been issued to the Kotwali police station house officer (SHO) to collect more evidence against the accused. The case will be put on a speedy trial after completing the legal procedure, he added.

City SP Ashish Anand did not rule out questioning of the high court employee for providing shelter to a rape accused. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the employee is a distant relative of the accused. The employee in question didn't inform the police when the girl complained about alleged misbehaviour with her,Ē he added.

Shashikala, who examined the victim, said the medical report would be sent to the Kotwali police in two-three days. She, however, refused to share the findings of the test conducted on the 14-year-old girl.

In another incident, a 25-year-old woman was gang-raped near Saresh village in Sitamarhi on Saturday night.

The incident occurred when the victim was on way to her parentís house at Matihar, around 5km east of her in-lawís residence, to tie rakhi on her brother. A senior police officer posted at the Sahiar police station said the woman was intercepted between Chiraiya and Matihar villages. She was accompanied by her husbandís younger brother, who was assaulted by the accused. The police officer said the womanís body was recovered on the outskirts of Saresh village on Sunday morning. A complaint has been lodged against three unidentified persons on the statement of the deceasedís relative, he added.

In yet another incident, a minor was raped by the principal of a private school at Bihta in Patna rural on Saturday.

A case was lodged on Sunday against the principal identified as Sudhir Kumar, who is absconding after the incident.

The SHO of the Bihta police station, Sujeet Kumar Singh, said the incident came to light when the victimís brother did not find her in the school. He searched for her only to see her screaming in the principalís chamber.

The SHO said the girl later narrated her tale of woe to her parents, who reported the matter to the police and subsequently an FIR was lodged.

ďThe victim has been referred to the PMCH from Bihta referral hospital for treatment,Ē he added.