MP Police file ‘rape’ chargesheet in 45 hrs

Within 45 hours of the alleged rape of a minor by a Congress councilor in Sihora town, the police on Tuesday filed a chargesheet insisting that they had collected enough circumstantial evidence.

Mohammed Gaus Azad, a councilor from Sihora, about 40 km from Jabalpur, for nearly two decades, was arrested around 1.45 am on Monday from his home.

The 63-year-old accused, a prominent figure in the locality, had entered the house of the 9-year-old victim who was sleeping with her younger brother in an inner room around 7.30 pm on Sunday. The electricity connection to the house had been disconnected for non-payment of dues and the victim's ailing father had gone nearby when the incident took place, said in-charge of Sihora Police Station Upendra Dixit, who filed the chargesheet in the court of JMFC P K Sen at 4.30 pm on Tuesday.

Dixit told The Indian Express that the councilor was booked under Section 376 (2) (f) (when the victim is under 12 years of age), 450 (criminal trespass), 323, 324 and 506 (criminal intimidation).

The accused fled after the girl started crying but not before threatening her to keep quiet even as neighbours started gathering. Dixit said the room was lit by a lantern and the victim could recognise the perpetrator because he was known to her. He said the seized lantern and the notice for non-payment of dues were among the evidence.

The girl was not subjected to medical examination for rape because the parents did not agree, he said. However, the girl was examined for external injuries made by a ring worn by the accused.

There was a two-hour delay in filing the FIR because the wife of the accused had pleaded with the victim's parents not to go the police.

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