Punjab: More than a month after a 19-year-old Dalit woman was “gang-raped and then murdered” by four upper-caste Hindu men from the village’s Thakur community in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped, killed and then set on fire in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab state.
Quoting police, a report by news agency PTI said that incident was reported from Jalalpur village of Tanda town in Hoshiarpur district.
In this regard, police have arrested the accused – Gurpreet Singh and his grandfather Surjit Singh – on charges of murder, rape and other relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The victim, according to the report, was the daughter of a migrant labourer who was living in the same village.
Quoting the victim’s father, the report said that Gurpreet took the girl to his home where he allegedly raped her.
Thereafter, both Gurpreet and Surjit allegedly killed her and then burnt her body. The half-burnt body of the girl was found from their house, the report quoted police as having said.
Meanwhile, the Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission Chairperson Tejinder Kaur took suo motu notice of the incident and sought a detailed report from Senior Superintendent of Police, Hoshiarpur, by October 26.