In a horrific incident reported from Rajasthan, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly sold off by her mother’s live-in-partner for a measly sum of Rs 3 lakhs and was repeatedly raped for 9 months by her “husband”. The incident was reported from Dholpur district. Following the girl’s allegations, a zero-FIR was filed under relevant sections of the POCSO act and IPC. Further action will be taken against the accused, Radharaman Gupta, the SHO of Jawahar Circle said.

In her statement to the police, the 14-year-old victim claimed that she was illeagally married off to a 40-year-old man. She alleged that her mother’s live-in-partner sold her to the man she was married off to for a sum of Rs 3 lakhs in December 2021.

Reportedly, the victim was found by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) members and was later brought to the police. The minor was labelled a “liability” by her mother’s live-in partner, she alleged. For now, she has been sent to a shelter home in the state capital, after a medical examination was done as per the protocol.

In her complaint, the victim also alleged being mentally victimized by her “husband” for not being able to conceive a child. The girl got out of the trap of her “husband” after she successfully fleed from the home.

The Facts of the Matter

Rajasthan, the largest state in the country by area, reported the most number of rape cases in 2021 among all the states. Further, the state also became one of the front-runners when it came to POCSO cases. The state, which has received flak from the ruling party for its law-and-order situation, attained the shocking distinction for the third consecutive years.

Meanwhile, another horrifying incident was reported from the state where a minor girl was sold off to a man by her mother’s live-in-partner.


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Sold Off For Rs 3 Lakhs

A 14-year-old minor from Dholpur was allegedly raped for nine months after she was sold to another man. The girl was sold off for a sum of Rs 3 lakhs by the 40-year-old man, who was her mother’s live-in-partner. The girl was sold off to the man back in 2021, but somehow managed to flee and reached the state capital.

Following being rescued, the state capital’s police filed a zero-FIR under relevant sections of the IPC and POCSO Act. The complaint has been forwarded to Dholpur for further prbe, SHO Radharaman Gupta said.


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FIR Transferred to Dholpur

As per Dholpur Superintendent of Police, Dharmendra Singh, the FIR was received earlier on Friday and as per protocols, the girl’s statement will be recorded and further action will be taken against the alleged accused.

After successfully fleeing her “husband’s” place, the girl was rescued by members of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and was subsequently brought to the police.

Harrowing Statement Given by Victim

In her statement, the 14-year-old victim claimed that she was illegally married off to a 40-year-old man after being sold by her mother’s live-in partner for a sum of Rs 3 lakhs in December 2021. She mentioned that her mother’s live-in-partner regularly assaulted her physically and had labelled her a “liability”.

The “husband” who bought the girl tortured and sexually abused the girl repeatedly for nine-months. She was also forced to do household chores, and on refusing to do so, she was assaulted severely. Further, the victim also alleged that she was harassed by the man for not being able to have a child.


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Plight of Child Marriage Victims Highlighted: BBA Director

A Hindustan Times report quoted Bachpan Bachao Andolan director Manish Sharma saying, “This incident highlights the plight of victims of child marriage and the pain they go through early in their life. It is high time that child marriage is looked at as a major crime against children rather than an acceptable social practice”.

 

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