Police hunt for suspect in four cases of rape of minor girls

Four incidents of rape over nine months. All victims are minor girls and all four rapes happened in the same area a jungle in Tughlaqabad in Southeast Delhi. Police are now looking for a man they believe could have been behind all four rapes. With only descriptions provided by the victims to go on, they are also not ruling out the possibility of a gang targeting minor girls.

Based on the descriptions given by the victims, police have released three sketches of suspects. Though the sketches aren't similar, a look at the modus operandi has led investigators to believe that the accused may be one. Police also believe that in the event that the accused are more than one, then they are certainly known to each other and operate as a gang.

According to police, the first case was reported in March this year. This was followed by a similar case in June, a third one in September and the latest early this month.

In all four cases, the victims were in the 10-11 age group and all lived in the same locality in Govindpuri. Police said all four rapes took place between 7 pm and 9 pm.

Based on the victims' statements, police said the children were taken to the jungle, spread over 5 km, in Tughlaqabad.

"The girls, all of whom lived in slum clusters, were picked up from outside their homes and taken to the jungle. The girls told us that the assaulter was not known to them and that they had never seen the person before," a senior police officer said.

Police said all four girls were picked up in a similar manner. "He would accuse the girl of having hit his nephew. He would then threaten to inform the girl's parents and frighten her that once her parents were told, they would teach her a lesson. He would lead her away on the pretext of taking her to her parents," the officer said. After raping the girl, police said, the man would drop the girl home.

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