Minor Dalit raped repeatedly, crime discovered when she was visibly pregnant

UP’s Bhadohi witnessed a harrowing incident of repeated rape against a minor Dalit child. While the accused has been arrested and charged with rape and other offences, this is the latest in fast increasing gender crimes against Dalit women. NCRB figures point to a staggering ten such rapes every day against Dalit women and girls with a 45 percent spiral in such crimes between 2015 and 2020.

Horrifying details of repeat gender crimes against a minor Dalit child was raped in her home in Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh (UP) have come to light. The family only found out after she displayed symptoms of pregnancy and they took her to a doctor.

The 17 year old girl was raped repeatedly by a man from her village, according to the police from Suriyawa Police Station, reports PTI.  The girl’s father last week complained at the  Suriyawa Police Station with the victim with a full-fledged written grievance against one Raju Gupta. According to details now available, the perpetrator, Raju Gupta, started visiting the child’s house whenever there was nobody at home to commit the repeat crimes.

The police have, since, arrested 26-year-old Gupta, a resident of Dudwa Dharmapuri and have filed charges of rape against him, as per SHO Ram Nagina Yadav. Charges against Gupta include rape, criminal intimidation, and  Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as well as the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The police had reportedly started hunting for Gupta and he was finally arrested near the Suriyawa Railway Station.

The All India Trinamool Congress has called out the BJP for the incident on their X, formerly Twitter, account, terming it as an incident in “BJP-ruled rape capital of the country.”

National President of the NSUI (National Students Union of India), the Congress party’s student wing, Varun Choudhury also tweeted about the incident, and asked if the government will take any “concrete steps to protect our girl children?”

Similarly, another harrowing incident of rape against a Dalit woman was reported from UP’s Ballia in March 2024. The accused also made casteist comments against her and threatened to kill her. The accused, a man named Lagandev Yadav, was reportedly arrested by the police after the rape survivor’s mother complained to the police.

According to horrifying figures, 10 Dalit women are raped everyday in India. Furthermore, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has shown that reported cases of rape against Dalit women have risen over the years, with a 45 percent increase from 2015 to 2020.


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