A man allegedly raped a 13-year-old Dalit girl in Betul district of Central India’s Madhya Pradesh state. He also tried to bury her alive in a pit, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday evening. Police have arrested the 35-year-old accused. As the girl’s condition is serious, the authorities referred her to a hospital at Nagpur, the police said.
The girl had gone to a farm in a village under Ghodadongri police station area to switch off a motor. On finding her alone, the accused allegedly raped her, Betul Superintendent of Police Simala Prasad said. In a bid to hide the crime, the accused then dragged her to a drain and dumped her in a nearby pit. He then covered the pit with stones and thorny bushes, the official said.
When the girl did not return home till late evening, her parents and sister started searching for her, he said. As her sister reached near the pit, she heard the voice of someone writhing in pain.
She immediately called her father and when they removed the bushes and stones, they found the victim inside the pit. The family members rushed the girl to Ghodadongri Civil Hospital and then to the district hospital, he said.
Based on a complaint lodged by the victim’s family, the police arrested the accused man and booked under relevant sections of the IPC, the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said.