An Army jawan attached to the Defence Service Staff College, located inside the Wellington cantonment in the Nilgiris district, was arrested on Friday for allegedly raping his superior officer’s minor daughter on Thursday. The jawan, Bupender Singh (28) was working as an orderly in the house of the eight-year-old girl’s father, a colonel.
The girl’s father, a native of Madhya Pradesh, and his wife, also a defence officer in the rank of major, were working in Punjab. They were transferred to Wellington 20 days ago. The jawan, a native of Uttarakhand who was working in the officer’s house in Punjab, also got a transfer and came to Wellington, police said.
Singh was arrested based on a complaint filed by the girl’s mother. “Based on the complaint, an enquiry was conducted. Subsequently, Bupender Singh was arrested in the evening,” police inspector Chennakesavan said. He was charged under IPC Section 376 (rape) and remanded in judicial custody. The girl was sent to Ooty government hospital for medical examination on Friday and the doctors confirmed rape, police said.
The couple was staying in a house in the army quarters. The alleged incident took place on Thursday when the girl’s parents had gone for work. The girl had not gone to school as she was sick and was alone at home. She shouted for help and neighbours rushed to the house and caught the orderly red-handed.
“We charged the jawan with rape only after the getting the doctor’s report. He has been lodged in Coimbatore central prison. We are conducting a detail inquiry,” Chennakesavan said.
-via The Times of India.