In a shocking act, a couple of days after a 15-year-old girl registered a complaint against a man in Kanker district in Chhattisgarh, video of the victim being thrashed and beaten up in front of the villagers went viral on social media. Other than this, another video of the woman, in which she is being physically assaulted has also surfaced on Tuesday. As per cops, the video is of the same village.
According to police, the minor was allegedly raped inside the house of the woman seen in the video. As per police, it is confirmed that both the video clips were shot during a meeting held in the village, around 250 km from state capital Raipur, on September 9 before the rape case was registered.
"On September 9, the victim's family had lodged a complaint against Nirashu Biswas, 65, a resident of the village, for allegedly raping and impregnating the girl," Additional Superintendent of Police (Pakhanjore) Rajendra Jaiswal told PTI over the phone.
As per the girl's statement, the alleged rape took place around three months ago, he added. The victim had on September 8 informed her mother about the alleged rape. The next day a meeting was called by local villagers after which the girl's family reached the police station, Mr Jaiswal said.
The accused, whom the girl alleged rape, was also thrashed by the villagers in the same meeting. He was booked under IPC section 376 (rape) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and arrested on the same day, the officer said.
The videos -- one showing the rape victim, who is pregnant, being beaten up by a man and another showing the woman being thrashed in front of the villagers went viral on social media following which a police team was sent to the place, he added.
"During interrogation, it was confirmed that the videos are of the same meeting", the ASP said. However, the victim and the family had not informed the police about any physical assault when the rape case was registered, Mr Jaiswal added.
Meanwhile, another case will be registered in connection with the alleged physical assault on the rape victim and the woman.