Amidst the ongoing anger against the rape and violence against women, a new incident of alleged rape of a 6-year old girl from Mumbai’s Kurla has come to light on Wednesday, December 4. The accused in the case is a 60-year old man named Abdul Hamid Bahadur Ansari. Ansari runs a grocery shop in Kurla where the girl use to usually come to buy stuffs. As per the parents of the victim in their complaint to police, the man was molesting their daughter since December 1. The man reportedly lured the girl by showing chocolates to her and then raping her.
Maharashtra: A 6-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man in Kurla area of Mumbai. Police have registered a case and the accused has been arrested.
— ANI (@ANI) December 4, 2019
The girl, on Tuesday, complained of stomach ache and on probing from her parents revealed the incident of rape by the grocery owner. The parents went to Vinoba Bhave Nagar police station and complained of rape and molestation by the grocery owner. The police, on receipt of the complaint, filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Ansari under section 376 (rape) of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police has also booked Ansari under section 2 (penetrative sexual assaults) of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The man was arrested by the Vinoba Bhave Nagar police after inking the FIR.
These cases of rapes and violence against children and women are at its peak in India. The nation is protesting against the alleged gang rape and murder of a 26-year old veterinarian from Hyderabad by 4 accused. Swati Maliwal, chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), is sitting on an indefinite hunger strike at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to protest against the rape and violence on women. She has demanded death penalty for accused in rape within 6 months from the date of rape, fast track court to deal with rape cases and other 4 demands.
The nation is demanding a stricter law and most importantly, it’s thorough implementation. The Samajwadi Party (SP) Member of Parliament (MP) from Rajya Sabha, Jaya Bachchan, has even demanded lynching of rape convicts to bring fear among these criminal minded people. Taking into consideration the growing incidents of rapes and violence against women, the Indian legislature must pass a law to book and penalise the offenders in a fast track manner.