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12-year-old sexually assaulted in Andhra, police protecting accused say activists

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The 65-year-old accused is allegedly a close aide of Minister P Narayana.
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In yet another case of child sexual abuse that has come to light, a 12-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 65-year-old businessman in Nellore on March 12.
The victim was working as a domestic helper in the apartment building where the accused Pasupuleti Narsimha Rao resided.
Speaking to The News Minute, the Nellore police said, “The victim used to work in their house as a domestic helper and her father was also working in the same apartment as a security guard. On March 14, we received a complaint from the victim’s mother that the 12-year-old had been sexually assaulted by one of the persons staying in the apartment where they work. A case has been registered under Section 376 of IPC and an SC/ST atrocity case has also been registered against the accused.”
The victim was allegedly lured by the accused who offered her a biscuit and took her to the fifth floor of the apartment building where he sexually assaulted her. According to the FIR, the crime was discovered by the mother of the victim who found bloodstains on her daughter’s clothes when washing them.
However, the parents have since changed their statement and have denied that such an incident took place. The Nellore police is continuing the investigation although they have stated that the medical reports did not reveal any injuries.
Meanwhile, child rights activist Achyuta Rao has alleged in a press meet that the accused is a close aide of P Narayana, Minister of Municipal Administration, Urban Planning and Development, Andhra Pradesh.
“He is a close aide of P Narayana, hence the police is trying to close the case. The victim’s family has shifted out of Nellore since March 16. All the cases against the accused are non-bailable offences but he still has not been arrested. We demand to know the reason,” said Achyutha Rao.
A Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Atrocity Monitoring Committee working in Nellore district has alleged that the family has been offered money to withdraw the case. Hari, one of the members of the Committee, further alleged that the police has been supporting the accused by lying about the victim’s medical reports.
“We will approach the High Court on this issue. She was a minor and was working in the apartment. This is also a case of child labour. We request Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and police to take necessary action,” said Achyutha Rao.
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