9-year-old boy booked for rape

INDORA(Kangra): In a shocking incident, a nine-year-old boy earned the dubious tag of being the country’s youngest rape suspect after he was booked for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl after subjecting her to violent assault.

Charged under section 376 (rape) of IPC, the accused was granted bail by a juvenile court after spending a night in a police lockup.

And in what is getting to be a disturbing trend, the violation was reported days after three 10-year-olds in a Haryana school were booked for molesting a four-year-old girl studying in the same school.

Children of daily wagers from Jalora Mohalla near here, the two minors were home alone when the disturbing act apparently played out. They’ve known each other for years and used to play together. On Sunday, too, they were playing at the girl’s residence while their parents were out for work. The boy apparently dragged the girl inside the bathroom and restrained her there. When she fought back, he allegedly beat her up before assaulting her, Indora police station (Himachal Pradesh) SHO Ramesh Rana said on Tuesday.

Police registered a case on the complaint of the victims parents, who found her crying and bleeding profusely when they returned home in the evening.

A medical examination of the victim and the accused confirmed rape. The accused had injuries on him, seemingly inflicted after the victim put up resistance, the SHO said. Picked up immediately after the police complaint, the boy was granted bail by the juvenile court in Una on Monday evening.

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