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Elderly man rapes minor school girl in Leh

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Police have arrested a 52-year-old man for allegedly raping a minor girl in Leh Division of Ladakh.

Both Muslim and Buddhist organizations have condemned the gory incident and demanded strict punishment for the alleged rapist.

The 12-year-old girl (name withheld) was raped by the man on 29 March last month while the accused who was on a run, was arrested by the police today.

A police official identified the rapist as Sayyad Zulfikar Ali Shah. He said that an FIR vide number 2/2023 under section 5(M) and 6 POCSO Act at Women Police Station Leh stands registered in this regard.

SP Leh, PD Nitya informed that the accused offered the girl lift to school and took her to a secluded place, and raped her.

“The girl also suffered a head injury and the accused left her thinking she was dead. Within 48 hours, we arrested the accused,” she said adding the condition of the victim is stable.

Almost all the political, and socio-religious organizations have condemned the incident and sought severe punishment for the accused.

Pertinently, in a hamlet of Leh, last year in August, a lady was raped and murdered by an accused namely 32-year-old Rigzin Dawa against whom an FIR vide number 149/2022 under section 302, 376 stands registered at Police Station Leh. [KNT]

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