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Nation must unite to protect children: Rahul Gandhi on Mandsaur gang rape

SNS | New Delhi |

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday voiced his anger against the brutal gang rape and murder-attempt on an eight-year-old schoolgirl in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur, urging the nation to come together to protect children.

“In Mandsaur an eight-year-old girl was kidnapped and gang raped, and is battling for her life. The brutality this young child was subjected to sickens me. As a nation, we must come together to protect our children and bring the attackers to speedy justice,” Gandhi tweeted.

On Tuesday, the minor girl was kidnapped while she was waiting for her father outside her school.

The minor was brutally tortured and gang-raped. The accused slit her throat and left her to die. She is currently battling for her life in the hospital.

On Wednesday, the Madhya Pradesh police made the first arrest as the accused named Irfan alias Bhaiyu, 20, a labourer, was nabbed on the basis of CCTV footage.

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Another accused Asif (24) was arrested on Friday. Irfan had named Asif as an accomplice. Both were booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act even as the probe continued.

Doctors treating the victim in Indore said she was “severely assaulted”. She has started showing signs of improvement, they said, adding that the minor might be out of danger physically but her mental trauma would last longer.