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Tribal girl raped by headmaster in Chhattisgarh


Raipur:  A 15-year-old tribal girl was allegedly raped several times over a period of three years by a government school headmaster in Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon district following which she became pregnant, police said today.

“The victim delivered a baby last month but the incident came to light only yesterday when she approached police and lodged a complaint in this connection,” Kondagaon Additional Superintendent of Police Nivedita Sharma told PTI.

Based on the complaint, a case has been registered with Makdi police station against the headmaster of the primary school, Jhakarpara Madhav Naag (52), for sexually exploiting the minor, Sharma said.

A police team has been sent to Naag’s native place-Sihawa in Dhamtari district to arrest him, she added.

The victim, who resides in Bheemabeda area of Makdi, studies in class IX at government high school in Jhakarpara where the accused is the headmaster of the primary section.

“As per the complaint, Naag had been sexually exploiting the girl since last three years on the pretext of ensuring her good marks in the annual examinations,” Sharma said.

When Naag discovered the girl’s pregnancy, he threatened the girl and her family with dire consequences if they reveal the incident to anyone.

Besides, he also lured her with money to persuade her not to approach the police, the ASP said quoting the girl’s statement.

The girl had stopped going to school during her pregnancy.

On Sunday, the girl along with her family reached Makdi police station and lodged a complaint in this connection, she said.

Naag was booked under IPC’s section 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act-2012, she said, adding that further probe is on in this connection.

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