26 Sep 2015

Indore: CHILDLINE‬ ‪saves‬ minor girl who was locked, ‪raped‬ in a flat for days

A 10-year-old girl was locked in a flat in the Aerodrome area of Indore and raped repeatedly for at least a week by a goon-turned-property dealer with the help of a female aide. The issue came to light when a city police team assisted by CHILDLINE team members immediately rescued the girl from the flat.

Hailing from Sumta village of  Depalpur, Indore, the minor girl and her parents worked at Sunil's farmhouse in Hatod area of Indore. Sunil, a resident of Kalani Nagar area of Indore, was into property dealing business for the last few years and also ran a popular roadside restaurant in the city. Living on an insufficient income, the family was always on the lookout for more work.When Sunil offered the parents to help them further by employing their daughter at his house for small jobs, the couple could not say no to the opportunity of making additional money. But Sunil in fact had other plans for the young girl.

Sunil took the girl to his aide, Pinky’s house in the pretext of giving her some household chores to do there for extra money. But for at least one week, Sunil used to take the girl to Pinky’s flat and rape her there. The flat where Pinky stayed was supposedly owned by Sunil and it was Pinky who first beat up the little girl and then helped Sunil rape the minor.

According to Santosh Pandre, Sub-Inspector at Aerodrome Police station, the police got the information from CHILDLINE about the girl being locked in the flat, after which in a late night raid, the girl was recovered from the flat. Later, female cops and CHILDLINE members talked to the girl, who narrated about her week-long sexual exploitation by Sunil and Pinky. The minor was subsequently taken by police to her parents, where she narrated the painful saga to them, after which her mother submitted a complaint against Sunil and Pinky.

A case was subsequently registered against the two accused, Sunil Karosiya and his female aide Pinky. When the police and CHILDLINE team picked up the girl, Sunil had already packed up his belongings and fled. However, while on the run both the duo were booked under sections 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave), 376D (rape with a minor), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons and means), (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 23 (wrongful gain) of the Indian Penal Code. Sunil who is an accused in 17-18 criminal cases including a murder case in the early 1990s, registered at Malharganj, Chandan Nagar, Rawji Bazar and Aerodrome police stations was nabbed by the police after four months of intensive search. After a year of legal battles and court room sessions, Sunil and Pinky have been sentenced to life imprisonment. The court pointed out that repeated sexual exploitation of a girl child in captivity is one of the cruelest acts and involvement of a woman in such an act is highly condemnable. The court in its order has also mentioned that the convicts will remain in jail till their last breath
India has the dubious distinction of having the world's largest number of sexually abused children; with a child below 16 years raped every 155th minute, a child below 10 every 13th hour and one in every 10 children sexually abused at any point of time. A study by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) also showed that 53 per cent of the interviewed children reported having faced some form of sexual abuse and proved that boys were as vulnerable to abuse as girls.

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