Rash of rape cases reported, one girl victim dies in Gujarat

A rash of rape incidents were reported in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal today with minor girls among the victims even as a two-and-a- half-year-old girl in Gujarat died after being allegedly raped and dumped in a bush by her uncle.

As the gang-rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a moving bus in Delhi continued to stir anger and outrage, Police arrested a Nepali youth who had allegedly raped a four-and-half-year-old girl at Pathrika Nagar in Hyderabad on December 22.

In Karnataka, the rape of a minor girl in a village in Gulbarga district came to light today, two days after the crime was committed.

The 11-year-old girl was raped in a farm field in Ainoli village in Chincholi taluk on December 22, police said.

Though people from the girl's side approached the local police station to lodge a complaint, their plea was not entertained. The Child Welfare Committee of Chincholi taluk took up the issue and met District Superintendent of Police N Satish Kumar today to pursue the matter, police sources said.

A search had been launched to nab the culprit who fled the scene after committing the crime, they said, adding, there were definite clues.

The girl is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Solapur in neighbouring Maharashtra. A police team as well as officials from its women wing left for Solapur to record her statement, police sources said.

Two of the other rape incidents were reported in Madhya Pradesh.

A minor girl was allegedly raped by a youth at Vardhman Nagar in Indore, police said.

The 16-year-old victim was offered a job of domestic help by a woman, who took the girl to Vardhman Nagar where the latter's brother-in law, identified as Mateen, allegedly raped her on December 23, Chandan Nagar police said.

A case under various sections of IPC and SC-ST Act has been registered and an FIR lodged against the accused by the victim today, police said.

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