Delhi protests give minor girl strength

A minor girl belonging to a poor family was allegedly sexually assaulted by a boy from an affluent family of her village. According to the police, the victim aged around 13 years, who belongs to village Jeeva Bharian under Sadar police station, was allegedly raped during late evening hours on December 17 by a fellow villager identified as Gursewak Singh. But she did not report the matter to the police. However, after seeing the public outrage over the gangrape case in Delhi, the victim, along with her father, finally reported the matter to the police yesterday following which she was immediately sent for the medical examination.

SSP Varinder Pal Singh told reporters that the victim had approached the police yesterday evening following which a case was registered against the accused and the victim was sent for medical examination whose report was still awaited.

He said the accused has also been arrested by the police.

Badal for fast-track courts for rape cases

Fatehgarh Sahib: Amid nationwide outrage over the rape of a girl in a moving bus in Delhi, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Tuesday said rape should be made a non-bailable offence.

Rape cases should also be tried in fast-track courts to ensure speedy justice to victims, he told reporters here "Carrying out amendments in the existing provisions of rape laws for awarding harsh punishment to culprits is within the domain of the Centre," he said.

Rape should be made a non-bailable offence, Badal said after paying obeisance at the Sri Fatehgarh Sahib gurudwara here. He said he had already requested the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court to set up fast-track courts for dealing with rape cases. Badal said his government was committed to enforce the provisions of the rape laws in the state in right earnest. On the Delhi gangrape case, he demanded exemplary punishment for the perpetrators of the crime.

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