A five-year-old young girl was allegedly raped by a teenage boy at Trimbakeshwar close to Nashik, , which led to tension as angry villagers protested at a few places in the area requesting his quick capture, police said on Sunday.
The boy has been arrested, they said.
The 16-year-old boy allegedly raped the girl at an isolated place at Talegaon village under Trimbakeshwar taluka in the district on Saturday, Trimbakeshwar police station in-charge Mukund Deshmukh said.
When the news spread, pressure grasped Talegoan as local people assembled at the police headquarters the previous evening demanding that the boy be booked and arrested
The villagers additionally arranged ‘rasta roko’ in Wadovhare, Ghoti and Anjaneri-phata territories. Some people set tyres on fire, and also damaged a tractor in Talegaon.
A group of people also protested at Nashik Civil Hospital last night and demanded that the victim be examined by a woman doctor, Deshmukh said.
According to rural control room, some people staged rasta-rokos at Talwade village on Nashik-Trimbakeshwar road, Girnare village, which is about 10 kms from Nashik district headquarters, and near Mohadi on the busy Mumbai-Agra National Highway this morning against the incident.
Police had to rush to the locales and clear the streets. Then, the boy has been booked under IPC section 376 (rape) and applicable sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.
In the interim, Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, who is likewise the Guardian Minister of Nashik, on Sunday went by Talegaon and met the victim’s family
He guaranteed the girl’s family that stern move will be made by police against the offender.
The minister also asked people to remain calm.
“The girl has been examined at Nashik Civil Hospital by lady doctors, and it was clear that only an attempt of rape was made by the boy,” he told reporters.
The situation was under control but tense, the official said.