Uttara Kannada police on Sunday arrested three men, two persons from Bhatkal and one from Kumta for allegedly raping two minor girls from Bhatkal in Karnataka. The police are in the lookout for a fourth person who is also from Kumta.
They have been arrested under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), 2012.
The incident of rape came to light, when the two minor girls, who went missing from Madrasa at Bhatkal on November 18, were found by the police in Goa on Friday. One of them was allegedly raped by father and brother-in-law at Bhatkal and later was raped by two other men in Kumta, reported The Hindu.
According to the The New Indian Express report the police arrested 45-year-old Jabbar (name changed) and Muzaffar (30). Jabbar is the father of one of the girls and Muzaffar is the brother-in-law (husband of the victimâ€™s sister). The other two accused from Kumta have been identified as Ravi Naik (28) and Bharat Ambiga (26). While Bharat has been arrested, Ravi is still absconding.
According to newspaper reports, District Superintendent of Police R Dileep said that the minors, aged 17 and 15, were friends and inmates of a madrasa in Bhatkal. The madrasa secretary Hafiz Abdul Khadir had lodged a complaint with the police five days after the girls went missing on November 18.
A special team with additional SP Devaraju, and ACP Anup Shetty started a search for the girls. However, another team led by Prashant Nayak, circle police inspector of Bhatkal, found the girls in Goa.
One of the girls alleged that she was raped separately by her father and brother-in-law during a family vacation. The girlâ€™s mother and sister refused to believe her complaints. She revealed the incident to her friend at madrassa. They then decided to flee to Goa and look for a job, said TOI report.
When the girls reached Kumta Railway Station with the help of a friend, they were met by two boys in their 20s. They allegedly took them to lonely area and raped them. If that trauma was not enough, they threatened to upload their photographs on social media if they told anybody about the incident. The girls somehow managed to reach Goa, reported The Hindu.
The police have reportedly made special arrangements for the rehabilitation of the minors.