Rajasthan girl sold by mother, raped

August 10th, 2011 - 7:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Jaipur, Aug 10 (IANS) A 15-year-old girl in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district has alleged that she was sold off by her mother to a man for Rs.2.15 lakh, who raped her and kept her in illegal confinement for several days, police said Wednesday.

The girl somehow escaped and narrated her story to her grandfather, following which a case was registered against the mother and two men Tuesday. All the three are absconding.

According to the police, the incident took place in Guda Gaud Ji area of the district, some 170 km from state capital Jaipur.

“The woman took the girl, who studies in Class six, to market on pretext of buying clothes for her June 24. She took her to a nearby place where the two men, who have been identified by the girl as Ashok and Mohanlal, lived,” a police officer told IANS.

He added that they gagged the girl and took her to a temple situated on nearby hills.

“The girl says that Ashok forced her to go round a fire in the temple as a marriage ritual and told her that she was now his wife,” the officer added.

The girl was then repeatedly raped by Ashok. During her stay with Ashok, he told her that he had bought her for Rs.2.15 lakh.

“She somehow coaxed Ashok into taking her to her grandfather once. When she met him, she told him about what happened.

“The grandfather registered a police complaint against her mother and the buyers Tuesday,” said the officer.

Police said that cases of girls being sold off have been reported in rural areas of Rajasthan.

In April, police rescued two girls, a toddler and a 12-year-old, who had been sold by their fathers.

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