Girl lured for sightseeing in tourist spot
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Durgapur, December 5
A tribal schoolgirl who eloped with her Facebook friend last Monday from Durgapur town was raped in a hotel room in Maithon. She was taken to the Durgapur SD Hospital for medical examinations today.
The girl was a class-XII student who left for her school to collect form for availing benefits under State&’s ‘Kanyashree’ project. When she didn’t return home, her father who is a worker with a private iron rod manufacturing company lodged a complaint with local police.
She returned yesterday and informed her parents that she had gone with a youth named Ranjit Hembram of Maithon area for sightseeing in the Bengal-Jharkhand bordering tourist spot. She said that she met Ranjit through Facebook and had been friends with him since last three months. He asked her to visit Maithon dam and since it was a single day return journey from Durgapur, she agreed to go there with him. She said: “It was surprising that he took me to a hotel room that was booked previously and proposed to marry me. When I said that my parents should know about this first, he locked me inside the room. There was no one to help me and respond to my screams.”
The youth then allegedly raped her continuously for two days. She told her family that the youth dumped her in a local train yesterday. According to a neighbour of the victim girl: “The parents failed to get any help from police as the New Township police station refused to register a case of rape and referred her to the Coke Oven PS adjacent to the Durgapur Railway Station.”
The Coke Oven PS asked the girl&’s family to lodge a complaint with the GRP. Finally when the ADCP (East), Mr Sunil Yadav intervened, a complaint was registered at the New Township PS in the afternoon.
Mr Yadav said: “After the Delhi gang-rape incident, the Supreme Court of India has made it clear that the policemen in the place of the incident will inquire the matter.”