Andhra Pradesh: A 14-year old girl, who was exploited by a nominated member of the local civic body, became pregnant. The accused, identified as Mahboob Vali, has been detained by the police. The girl was sent for a medical checkup at a government hospital in nearby Gurajala town.
The accused has been arrested. The girl’s sister told the police that Mabub Vali, who is associated with the TDP and is a co-opted member of a local government body, had offered to mediate between her and her estranged husband.
The police have registered a case under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant sections of the POCSO Act.
Ironically, this incident came to light just days after TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said, “Dachepalle incident should be the last one and for those resorting to such crimes, it will be their last day on the earth. Everyone should condemn such incidents. Change in the mindset of the people is the need of the hour. We should not treat woman as a plaything. We should respect them.”
Calling for publicly hanging the rapists, Naidu had earlier said his government would be tough in dealing with such criminals.
He was addressing a massive rally, which was held days after a minor girl was raped by a 50-year-old rickshaw puller in Dachepalli in Guntur district, causing massive public outrage. The accused later committed suicide by hanging near the village.
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