A five-year-old girl was gangraped by two priests inside a temple in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district, reported Hindustan Times.

Both the accused – Raju Pandit (55) and Batoli Prajapati (45) – were arrested on 2 October night and booked under Section 376 (rape) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO).

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The matter came to light when the girl’s mother noticed that she was in pain, especially while relieving herself.
“When the mother asked the girl why she was in pain, the girl initially did not say anything, but later she blurted out her ordeal, ” said Singh.

The family informed the police and rushed the girl to a district hospital where she is said to be in a stable condition. According to HT, the police suspect that the two accused have been involved in assault of other minors too.

Madhya Pradesh was the first state in the country to pass a bill providing for death sentence for convicts in gangrape cases and rape cases involving girls of 12 years of age and below.

In December 2017, MP became the first state in the country to pass a bill providing for the rapists of girls aged 12 or below to be hanged till death. According to Hindustan Times, the fast track courts in Madhya Pradesh have pronounced death sentences in 12 rape cases in the last seven months.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times)

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