60-year-old man accused of raping, impregnating minor girl in Karnataka
A man has been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl over a period of four months and impregnating her in Karnataka’s Ballari district.
According to the complaint filed by the girl’s mother on Tuesday at the Hospet Rural Police Station, 60-year-old Chandrashekar had allegedly told the girl he would pay her to do household chores.
The teen girl worked at a tea stall, and every day after school she would go there to work, according to the complaint. Chandrashekar allegedly began frequenting the tea stall a year ago. He allegedly paid the teen amounts varying from Rs 25 to Rs 50 and asked her to run errands for him. Chandrashekar is a former BJP gram panchayat member.
“He would allegedly tell her that she could go to him and ask him for help if she ever needed and gained her trust. After a few months, he would give her small amounts of money and ask her to buy sweets or whatever she wanted to. We are very poor and so my daughter took the money from him,” the complaint notes.
About four months ago, Chandrashekar allegedly asked the girl to help him out with some chores at his residence. When the minor girl arrived, Chandrashekar allegedly pulled her into his house and locked the door.
“He told her that no one was at home. He forced himself on her and raped her. He then gave her Rs 50 and told her that if she spoke about the incident, he would kill her and all her family members,” the complaint reads.
Chandrashekar allegedly raped the girl multiple times over a period of four months and each time, he would allegedly offer her Rs 50 and ask her not to speak to anyone about the incident.
The mother grew concerned after the girl’s menstrual cycle stopped, according to the complaint. On April 8, the teen was taken to a gynecologist and it was found that she was pregnant. “My daughter was scared to tell us and finally she told us what Chandrashekar had done,” the complaint adds.
An FIR was registered against Chandrashekar under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and under sections 4 (punishment for penetrative sexual assault) and 6 (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of the POCSO Act. Chandrashekar is currently at large and the Hospet Rural Police are looking out for him.