Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu

Guntur rape: Andhra CM announces Rs 5 Lakh ex gratia

ANI | Updated: May 05, 2018 04:21 IST

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], May 5 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday met the family and relatives of the nine-year-old girl who was raped by a 60-year-old man in Guntur on May 2 and announced Rs 5 Lakh ex gratia for her.

He has also announced help for her studies.

"Government will hold rallies across the state on Monday to create awareness among public. Stringent punishment will be imposed on those who commit such heinous crime," Naidu said.

On May 2, a nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 60-year-old man in Guntur.

After the rape incident was reported on Wednesday, the local residents of Gurazala, Guntur, on Thursday staged a protest at Bhahma Naidu statue and demanded justice for the nine-year-old victim.

Appala Naidu, Superintendent of Police, Guntur had told ANI that police received a complaint on Wednesday that a nine-year-old girl was raped by 60-year-old neighbour, who is working as rickshaw puller.

"The accused has fled away. There were few injuries on the victim's body," he had said.

He further informed that police teams have been deployed to search for the accused person.

In the recent past, there has been a surge in sexual crimes against minor girls.

Taking cognizance of such crimes, President Ram Nath Kovind, on April 22, promulgated the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape.

The ordinance seeks the death penalty for the rapists of girls below 12 years of age and stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years, thereby strengthening the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. (ANI)

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