As the country pushes for stringent laws against the rape of minors, reports of sexual assault continue to flood in through the media. A six-year-old girl in Odisha, who had stepped out to buy biscuits was sexually assaulted, strangled and left in the premises of a school at Jagannathpur village in Cuttack district on Saturday.
The accused, a 25-year-old man left the girl on the spot, assuming that the girl was dead. The girl’s family got worried and set out to look for her after she didn’t return and a power cut had occurred.
“After a frantic search for over an hour, the girl was found lying unconscious and without clothes inside the school campus with blood oozing from her head and mouth,” the police told PTI.
NDTV reported that the six-year-old was rushed to a private nursing home and later moved to Cuttack’s SCB Medical College, where doctors claimed she received deep injuries in her head, face, neck, chest and private parts.
The accused has been arrested, following a complaint from the victim’s grandfather. The NDTV report highlighted two more cases that occurred in the Odisha in the weekend when the centre passed an executive order to punish the accused with the death penalty, in cases where minors below 12 years of age are raped.
In the first case, a four-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a minor boy in Odisha’s Kendrapara district. Following a medical examination, doctors confirmed that the sexual assault had occurred.
Another case of alleged kidnapping and rape of a Class VI student, who was sexually assaulted for two days, had also surfaced from the state’s Kalahandi district. The victim was in the locality to attend her uncle’s wedding on April 17 when she was abducted.