More than a week after a 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an unknown person in Bengaluru, there has been little progress in the investigation.
Despite the jurisdictional Sanjay Nagar police registering a case under Protection Of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the accused based on a complaint by the girlâ€™s parents, the police have been unable to identify the accused.
13-year-old Vasuki*, daughter of a street vendor, had accompanied her father to work on February 24 (Friday). While her father had stepped away, an unknown man approached her. According to reports, the man persuaded Vasuki to go with him, promising to get her some food from a wedding hall nearby, that she could take home.
Vasuki, who agreed to accompany the man, was however taken to the Rajankunte forest area. The police say that the man held her captive for an entire night and raped her. The next morning, he dropped Vasuki back on the road where he picked her up from.
Upon finding her way back home, Vasuki narrated the incident to her parents, who in turn lodged a complaint with the Sanjay Nagar police. Though the police have been on a lookout for the accused, the investigation appears to be moving at snailâ€™s pace.
However, DCP (North) Labhuram told The News Minute that a special team of police officers have been formed to investigate the case.
â€śThe accused is not known to the girl or her family. Let me assure you that the investigation is on the right path and that we will make a headway soon enough,â€ť the DCP said.
Another police officer associated with the investigation said that the team has recovered CCTV footage from Rajanakunte area, where the minor girl was taken.