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article image6-year-old rape victim ordered to wed rapist's 8-year-old son

By Yukio Strachan     Sep 6, 2013 in World
Jaipur - A six-year-old girl who was raped by a 40-year-old man in India was ordered to marry his eight-year-old son. The man, only identified as Kailash, lived in the same neighborhood as the girl.
According to the Times of India, the incident occurred two weeks ago in Rajasthan, India.
"Kailash locked her in a room and raped her," a police official said, according to the Times.
Upon discovering what happened, instead of filing a police report, the elders belonging to the girl's caste called a panchayat, or tribal council meeting to resolve the issue.
Rape is the fastest-growing crime against women in the country. In India, a rape case is reported every 30 minutes, studies show.
In terms of this case, on an average five women are raped every day in the densely populated Rajasthan, alone, according to Kavita Srivastava of People Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), the Times of India reported earlier this year. And the incidents of rape cases against the children are almost double the women.
What happened next outraged the international community. The panchayat had reached a decision: they ordered the a six-year-old rape victim to marry the eight-year-old son of the man accused of rape, police said on Thursday, the Times of India stated.
As it would happen, on Wednesday, during tribal council meetings, Kailash raped the girl again, police said.
The unidentified girl's parents weren't having it and refused to accept the panchayat's decision.
Meanwhile, as word spread about the case, some social activists sought out the girl and her parents and helped them file a complaint at the Mahaveer Nagar police station in Kota, the Times said.
As a result, Kailash was arrested and an investigation launched into the allegations against the panchayat members, said circle officer (city) Banwari Lal Meena.
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