Adding to the growing incidents of atrocities against women, a 14-year-old girl from Yavat was allegedly raped on several occasions by a boy whom the victim and her family knew very well. The incident came to light after medical tests of the teenager on January 18, who was taken to Sassoon General Hospital for stomach ache and irregular periods, revealed that she was four months pregnant.
Demanding stringent action against the boy, the girl’s father accused Sachin Pakhre and his family members of pressuring them to settle the issue. He even alleged that the Pakhres warned the family of dire consequences.
“We brought our daughter to the hospital on for a check up as she was suffering from stomach ache and irregular periods. After her sonography, the doctors called the police. We were asked to stay out of the ward till the time officials finished speaking with her. Once done, one of them took me to an isolated spot on the hospital premises and made the startling revelation,” said the victim’s father.
Police officials said Pakhre was well acquainted with the victim’s family would visit the girl in her family’s absence and would rape her. The accused asked the girl to keep mum and threatened her of dire consequences if she informed any of her family members about the happenings.
“My wife and I leave for work early morning and so does my elder daughter for her school. Only the younger one stays at home. The incident occurred on several occasions when none of us were home,” the father added.
He said doctors would be conducting a few more tests before taking a call on terminating his daughter’s pregnancy. Accusing the Pakhres of trying to settle the matter through monetary compensation, he said, “They offered us some money and asked us not to go to the police, but we refused their offer. Now they are trying various tactics to pressurise us so that we drop the case.”
He even accused a few police officials of asking him to settle the matter. “I think nothing will happen to him because police procedures take ages to complete and I think that some officials will use their influence to fudge the panchnama and statements my daughter make. Hence, we demand a fair investigation in the case,” the father said.
When contacted, Deputy Superintendent of Police S H Kengare for Daund said, “The accused has been booked under Sections 376, 504 and 506 of the IPC. We are awaiting the girl’s medical report, based on which further action will be initiated.”