The father of the man arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday demanded capital punishment for his son, while the local bar association appealed that no lawyer should defend him in the court. The girl, aged about 12, was found walking on the city streets in injured condition, pleading people for help who shooed her away.
The girl is admitted to the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women's Hospital in Indore where she underwent a major surgery on Wednesday. A senior officer of the state police said that those people who did not help the 12-year-old girl when she went door-to-door crying for help after she was raped and left naked and bleeding, might face charges under child sex abuse laws. They might face charges under POCSO for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to a report by NDTV.
Bharat Soni, an auto rickshaw driver, was arrested in the case on Thursday. “It is a shameful act. Neither have I gone to hospital to meet him, no will I go to the police station or courts. My son has committed a crime, therefore he should be hanged,” his father told reporters. Soni sustained injury when he allegedly tried to escape while being taken to the crime spot for investigation, police had said on Thursday.
The Congress slammed the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh where assembly elections are due by the year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the law-and-order situation in the state had considerably deteriorated under Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
"In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal and woman has become a sin. Madhya Pradesh is number one in rapes of minors. Fifty-eight thousand rape cases and 68,000 kidnapping cases have been reported in 18 years of his (Chouhan's) rule. But the country's prime minister, home minister and all the BJP leaders are just sitting silent," Shrinate told reporters in Delhi.
The heart-wrenching incident captured by a CCTV camera, show the 12-year-old girl, semi-naked and bleeding after rape, going door to door seeking help while the people in the locality refused to extend the little girl any help. Moreover, in a brazen display of inhumanity, one man was also seen shooing her away as she approached him for help.