5-year-old raped by A Soldier in Madhya Pradesh

A 5-year-old girl from Madhya Pradesh was viciously raped by a Special Armed Forced (SAF) soldier. The accused, Santosh Markam, 24 year old from the 6th battalion of the SAF kidnapped the 5-year-old in Narsinghpur district of MP reports PTI on Thursday.

“The girl who belonged to the nomadic family went missing on the intervening night of June 24 and June 25 while sleeping out in the open with her mother and sister” reports Gurugram Singh, senior police officer. The girl was later discovered lying down unconscious at a nearby area. It has been found out later that she has been raped. She has been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Jabalpur.

The police started investigating the accused and later found out that he was drunk a the time of the incident and fled to a nearby village for an escape. “The jawan was inebriated when he committed the crime. We closed on him with the help of CCTV footage and after collecting other pieces of evidence. The police arrested him from a village in Mandla district and subjected him to interrogation during which he admitted to the crime” says SP.

“The family has said they reached the local police station at 3 am on June 25, but there was no action on their complaint,” Singh said to NEWS18. Rajesh Tiwari, Additional Superintendent of Police said that the case has been registered against the soldier under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act.

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Written by Sanghamitra Gogoi

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