The girl had been kidnapped and sold off for Rs 80,000 to one Khodabhai Thakor at Manpura village
Palanpur: A 13-year-old girl was apparently kidnapped and sold off for Rs 80,000 to a man, who constantly raped her for 5 months at a village in Banaskantha district, police stated. The minor was rescued from Manpura village in the district last night and 6 persons, including the alleged rapist to whom she had been sold, have been arrested in this connection, police stated.
“The girl, who origins from Udaipur in Rajasthan, had been brought to Rupapura village in Banaskantha district as a farm laborer. Though, around 5 months ago, she was kidnapped by 3 accused, identified as Mukeshbhai Vadi, Kantibhai Makwana and Vishnu Thakor,” Banaskantha Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Akshayrajsinh Makwana stated.
“The girl was then sold off for Rs 80,000 to one Khodabhai Thakor at Manpura village. Gyanjibhai Thakor and Ranuba Thakor had smash into the deal for him,” he added.
The victim was kept in internment at a farm and raped repetitively by Khodabhai, the officer stated adding, “The girl was rescued last night and all 6 accused were arrested.”
The 6 accused– Khodabhai, Mukeshbhai Vadi, Kantibhai Makwana, Vishnu Thakor, Gyanjibhai Thakor and Ranuba Thakor— were carried to Sihori police station in Banaskantha district. While Khodabhai has been booked under IPC section 376 (rape), others have been booked under sections 363 (kidnapping), 344 (wrongful confinement), 370 (human trafficking), 372 (selling a minor for prostitution), among others. They have also been booked under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Conferring to police, when the victim’s family lost contact with her, they launched a search. However, since they could not trace the minor, her father had come up to Sihori police station, who started the investigation into the case. The police officer said that during the interrogation, Ranuba told them that he had sold one more girl to someone for Rs 50,000.
“Built on the info provided by him, the other girl was also saved from a village in Patan district today,” Makwana stated adding that no arrests have been made in the second case as yet. According to the Banaskantha district ASP, more cases of girls being kidnapped and sold off are likely to come to light. Further investigation into both the cases are on.