Jail official fears harm to accused duo in Mandsaur girl rape case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2018 08:43:07



MANDSAUR District Jail Superintendent has written to the Sessions Court here against sending two accused in the minor girl rape case to the facility fearing that the jail inmates might harm them.

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped on June 26 and left severely injured by two men in Mandsaur.
The accused, identified as Irfan and Asif, are currently in custody of Mandsaur Police which expires on July 5. The rape and brutalisation of the girl--who had suffered grievous injuries to her neck, face, head and private parts--had led to public outrage in Mandsaur and neighbouring districts.

“I have written a letter to the district and sessions court stating that the prisoners are angry at the two accused for committing such heinous crime. In these circumstances some unpleasant incident can take place in the prison,” said Mandsaur district jail superintendent Sunil Sharma.
He said the prison does not have a separate cell to keep the accused duo, and in view of this, they should be sent to the Ujjain jail.

Meanwhile, Mandsaur Mobile Phone Sellers Association on Tuesday took out a rally demanding speedy trial of the case and capital punishment for the accused.The protesters handed over a memorandum to district Additional Superintendent of Police Sundar Singh Kanesh at the police control room. Right wing organisations Sri Ram Yuva Sena and Hindu Sabha on Tuesday demanded from Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan a Rs one crore aid for the family of the victim.

In a memorandum addressed to Chouhan and submitted to Naib Tehsildar Tejkaran Verma in Mandsaur, Sena city president Kunal Shrivastava demanded that the accused be tortured physically before they are hanged, which they said would serve as a strong deterrent.


Girl’s health improving, shifted out of ICU


AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD girl, who was allegedly gangraped in Mandsaur district, was shifted out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Tuesday as her health condition improved, an official said.

However, in view of the mental trauma she has undergone, the doctors are not in favour of the police recording her statement in haste.
The girl was severely injured by two men in Mandsaur is undergoing treatment at the Maharaja Yeshwantrao (MY) Hospital here.

She had suffered grievous injuries to her neck, face, head and private parts.
“After continuous improvement in the girl’s health condition, we have shifted her from the ICU to a private ward. She is eating semi-solid food,” MY Hospital’s superintendent V S Pal told reporters.
He said the girl played with toys in the private ward and chatted with her family members. She also spoke to some relatives over phone.

Meanwhile, the Mandsaur police has sought permission from the hospital authorities to record the girl’s statement in order to file a chargesheet in the case at the earliest.
Asked about it, Pal said, “The child has gone through a lot of trauma. Though her mental condition is constantly improving, in my opinion, it will take some more time for her to be in a position to speak to the police about the incident.”

He added that a medical board would take a decision on allowing the police to record her statement.
Pal, a psychiatrist himself, said the hospital was taking the assistance of psychiatrists to help the girl overcome the trauma of the heinous incident.
The girl was likely to be discharged in about two weeks as she had not yet recovered completely after the surgery, he added.