Man held for raping minor girl in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Sep 20 (PTI) A 24-year-old old man was todayarrested here on charges of repeatedly raping a minor girl,police said. The crime came to light when the 14-year-old victim gavebirth to a baby at a Madarsa in Kanker district last week. "Accused Aabad Farooqui was today apprehended by Kotwalipolice on the basis of a complaint from the victim," Raipur SPSanjeev Shukla told PTI. After delivering the child, she tried to abandon it andflee but was caught by the director of the Madarsa, who laterinformed the police. Kanker police had lodged a zero FIR and transferred thecase to Raipur Kotwali police station, the SP said. As per the complaint, the girl was repeatedly raped byFarooqui between August 20 and 28, 2015 at a Madarsa here,while she was studying there, he said. After she went home for a religious festival, she refusedto return to the Madarsa, following which her parents admittedher to Madarsa Gulshan-e-Zahara in Kanker, where she deliveredthe baby. Besides, the girl had also alleged that she was threatenedof dire consequences by the accused if she revealed thematter, said Shukla. The accused was booked under section 376 (rape) and othersections of the IPC and relevant sections of the Protection ofChildren from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the SP said, addingthat a probe was on. PTI TKP NRBRCSRE

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