Bhopal: Two teenage girls in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh in Central India went through a harrowing and traumatic ordeal after they were kidnapped and confined by two security personnel of the Special Armed Force (SAF) of the State Police, who raped them along with several others continuously for 50 days.
The heart rending details of the alleged kidnapping incident and the subsequent torture surfaced when the young victims managed to escape and reached the Khandwa police station this past Tuesday with their parents. They were in tears as they recounted the sordid ordeal they had gone through.
The girls told the Police that they were tortured, forced into prostitution, compelled to consume alcohol, and raped repeatedly by several persons.
Besides the two SAF constables accused of committing the crime, the Police have registered a case against more than two dozen unidentified persons.
Town inspector Khandwa Kotwali VS Sisodiya told a section of the media that since statements of the two girls were contradictory, these have been recorded in court under Section 164 CrPC. The parents of both the girls had earleir filed missing persons complaint with the police.
On Tuesday night, the Khandwa city Police registered a case under IPC Sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (forcing or seducing a minor girl to illicit intercourse with another person, 376 (punishment for rape), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and section 13(1)(10) of the SC/ST (POA) Act and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
According to available information, one of the accused, the SAF jawans is absconding. He along with a colleague had kidnapped the two girls on February 23 after threatening to expose them before their families on the basis of an alleged video. They were kept in a forested area and sexually abused for a long period.
Attempts to contact the Khandwa SP, M S Sikarwar failed as he refused to answer calls on his mobile. The Khandwa Kotwali TI responded to a related query saying he is busy handling the “immediate law and order situation” in his area. However, a head constable at the Khandwa Kotwali police station said that the two teenage victims had been sent for medical examination and the FIR in this case has been transferred to the Anusuchit Jati Janjati Kalyan (SC/ST welfare) Wing (AJK) of the Police.