With Chief Minister leading a rally of women, a 7-year old was raped in Guntur

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was heading a rally of women and social activists condemning the atrocities against the women and minor girls, when the Guntur police received yet another complaint of a rape of a minor girl. The Chief Minister was walking from Thummalapalli Kalakshetram to the Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium in Vijayawada, covering a stretch of six kilometres condemning the atrocities when the parents of a 7-year old girl from Modukuru village of Tsundur mandal lodged a complaint of rape of the girl.

The Guntur district had seen the rape of a 9-year old girl at Dachepalli a couple of days ago which led to widespread protest leading to the accused ‘committing suicide’ in the forest area. The rally in Vijayawada and other places across the State was also organised in the backdrop of this brutal rape. While the protests continue across the State, a 25-year old Sk Nagul Meera, sexually abused the girl in his neighbourhood.

The parents were initially hesitant to lodge a complaint with the police as the accused is their relative too. However, the victim’s mother leaked the matter to the local Anganwadi activists who referred it to the senior officials, forcing the parents finally report to the police and send the girl to the government general hospital at Tenali. The accused, a construction worker, was taken into custody and is kept in Tenali jail.

Meanwhile, in Vijayawada, the Chief Minister expressed concern over the increasing atrocities on women and minor girls. He favoured death punishment to the accused, and wanted social ill-treatment to such people. He also welcomed the suggestion to have a separate registry in the police stations and display of photographs in the public places about the sexual offenders.

The Chief Minister also promised to review the existing laws relating to the sexual abuses and dealing with the offenders. He wanted the social workers, women activists and officials to offer suggestions to the State government to make laws more stringent to deal with such cases and protect the girl child and women.

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