A teenage boy allegedly tried to rape a five-year-old girl near Trimbakeshwar in Nashik which led to large scale protests and tension in the district, even as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed for calm and assured that the case would be tried in a fast track court.
The 16-year-old boy, who has been taken into custody, allegedly tried to rape the minor girl at Talegaon village near Trimbakeshwar in the district on Saturday, Nashik Superintendent of Police Ankush Shinde said on Sunday. Offence has been registered against the boy under relevant sections of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said.
As soon as the news spread, tension gripped Talegoan as locals gathered at the police station on Saturday night demanding that the boy be booked and arrested. The villagers staged ‘rasta roko’ in Wadovhare, Ghoti and Anjaneri-phata areas. Some people set tyres on fire, and also damaged a tractor in Talegaon.
A group of people also protested at Nashik Civil Hospital last night and demanded that the victim be examined by a woman doctor. The enraged people gathered at several places on Sunday morning also and damaged three police vehicles, including the car of Special IG, Nashik Range, Vinaykumar Choube, when he was rushing to Talegaon on Sunday.
Police had to lob teargas shells and also fire some rounds in the air at Talegaon to disperse the mob, a rural control room official said.
People also staged ‘rasta roko’ on Nashik-Igatpuri road, Nashik-Aurangabad road and Mumbai-Agra National Highway on Sunday where later extra police force was deployed and the routes cleared. Some angry people also observed bandh at Ojhar town in the district against the incident.
Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, who is also the Guardian Minister of Nashik, visited the girl’s family and termed the incident as “unfortunate”. He said a rape attempt was made on her by the boy and said the case would be fast-tracked. Mahajan assured that charges will be framed in the case within a fortnight and it will be heard in a fast track court. Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam will be appointed as prosecutor in the case, he said.
No senior doctor or civil surgeon of Nashik Civil Hospital were available for comments on the issue. The SP urged people to remain calm and not to believe rumours being circulated on social media regarding the incident. He said police will take stern action against the guilty.
Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Fadnavis appealed people to stay calm and said the case would be tried in a fast track court. “The incident involving rape attempt on a minor girl in Talegaon is very unfortunate. The accused has been arrested and the victim is in fine health. The Guardian Minister of the region Girish Mahajan has met the family of the victim,” Fadnavis said in a statement issued here.
“We will ensure that the accused gets a strict of punishment and that this case is tried in a fast track court,” he said. He also asked people not believe the rumours circulating post the incident. “I appeal to the people not believe in these rumours, stay calm, abide by rules and regulations and help us maintain law and order,” Fadnavis said. Nashik incident: Pawar appeals for peace, harmony
Welcoming Maharashtra government’s stand on the attempted rape of a minor girl in Talegaon, NCP President Sharad Pawar appealed to masses to ensure there is no disharmony in the society over the incident. “People are very angry due to the Nashik incident. At the same time, the government showed its will to take steps against the perpetrator of the crime and the police have arrested the accused,” Pawar told reporters on Sunday.
The government has also promised speedy filing of the charge-sheet and strict punishment to the accused, he added. Pawar said people’s anger can be understood but “there needs to be a full stop to it”. “People should ensure there is no disharmony in the society due to this issue. This state belongs to Shahu Maharaj, Mahatma Phule and (BR) Ambedkar. Thus, keeping their virtues in mind, people should remain calm and maintain peace,” Pawar said.
(With inputs from PTI)