While the girl’s family claimed she was over 18, police are trying to determine her exact age and sections of the POCSO Act could be incorporated into the case as a result.
KotaTap Trust of India
A teenage girl from a tribal community was allegedly repeatedly raped for more than a year by her neighbor who then gave her abortion pills to terminate her pregnancy in Jhalawar district, police said on Monday.
While the girl’s family claimed she was over 18, police are trying to determine her exact age and sections of the POCSO Act could be incorporated into the case as a result, an officer said.
The reported incident at Mandawar Police Station area in Jhalawar district came to light on Saturday when the girl complained of stomach pain and was taken to a local hospital where doctors found that she was six months pregnant.
However, the fetus was dead due to abortion pills given by the accused to cover up the crime, Deputy Superintendent of Police and Circle Officer Rajiv Parihar said. The girl’s family members filed a complaint against Dawood who was convicted under Sections 376 (rape), 313 (causing miscarriage without the woman’s consent), 315 (an act done in intended to prevent the child from being born alive or causing the child to die after birth) of the IPC and SC/ST law but has not yet been arrested, the officer said.
The girl, who is from the Bhil community, is recovering in hospital and her condition is believed to be out of danger, he said.