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Accused Manoj is a serial rapist

Accused Manoj is a serial rapist
The five-year-old girl, who was brutally assaulted by Manoj, along with an alleged accomplice, Pradeep, is undergoing treatment at AIIMS and is reported to be out of danger.

Manoj, who hails from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, has an imperfect past. According to sources in his hometown, ‘In 2012, Manoj had raped a girl in his village, Bharthwa, who informed her parents about the incident. As a result, the matter was taken to the head of the village, which subsequently led him to confess. Thereafter, the village elders decreed that he should marry the girl, though she belonged to a different caste.’ However, after the compromise, the sources revealed, no police complaint was registered regarding that incident. The sources also said if the family had gone ahead with registering the complaint against Manoj at that time, the ‘rarest of rare’ crime, that is the rape of the innocent five-year-old Delhi girl, could have been averted. Not the one to make amends, after his marriage to the first rape victim, Manoj had even tried to rape his sister-in-law. Yet, once again, the matter was suppressed by the respective families.

In March this year, the body of the said sister-in-law was found under mysterious circumstances in Bharthwa. ‘Manoj remained the prime suspect behind her murder, but no evidence was found against him. However, he was not given a clean chit in this matter,’ the source said.

In April, he left his village in Bihar and came to the capital, where he picked up a job in a garment factory in east Delhi. He also took a one-room set on a rent for Rs. 400 per month from one Bhim Singh Chaudhary (landlord), who has been arrested under Section-188 of CrPC. However, Lovely Singh (the landlord’s son) is still absconding. In 2010, Manoj was also booked for trespassing , for which, he was jailed for one month. However, Delhi police have not commented on his tainted past.


MANMOHAN FOR ROOTING OUT DEPRAVITY

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said, ‘The gruesome assault on a little child reminds us of the need to work collectively to root out this sort of depravity.’ He was speaking at the Civil Services Day function here on Sunday.

The PM also called for the need to substantially improve the security for women. ‘The safety, security and status of women in our country is a matter of concern. We have to make vast improvements in this area,’ the PM said. Commenting on the protests which followed the gruesome rape of a five-year-old girl, the prime minister said the agitations exposed ‘the need for showing concern and sensitivity while dealing with public anxiety.’

He said his government has ‘moved with speed in strengthening the law to be able to deal more effectively with offences against women.’ The laws related to rape and other sexual assaults against women were amended by Parliament recently, making punishments far more stringent.
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