Minor rape victim ordered to wed son of accused

A caste council in Rajasthan has ordered the parents of a six-year-old rape victim to get her married to the eight-year-old son of the man accused of the rape, police said on Thursday.

Jaipur: A caste council in Rajasthan has ordered the parents of a six-year-old rape victim to get her married to the eight-year-old son of the man accused of the rape, police said on Thursday.

The incident occurred at Keshavpura in Kota, 250 km from Jaipur.

The 40-year-old man, identified as Kailash, raped the girl who lives in his neighbourhood about a fortnight ago, police said.

"Kailash locked her in a room and raped her. Instead of registering a police complaint, elders belonging to the girl`s caste called a panchayat (village council) meeting," a police official said.

The panchayat ordered the girl`s parents to get her married to Kailash`s minor son.

However, the girl`s parents as well as Kailash refused to accept the panchayat`s decision.

And even as negotiations were going on between the girls` parents and the accused, Kailash again raped the girl on Wednesday, police said.

Some social activists came to know about Wednesday`s rape and brought the girl and her parents to Mahaveer Nagar police station in Kota and filed a complaint.

Kailash was arrested, and an investigation launched into the allegations against the panchayat members, said circle officer (city) Banwari Lal Meena.

IANS