By Sudipta Purkayastha, Gujarat National Law University.
An eleven year old girl goes missing in the middle of the day. Forty eight hours later, the strangulated body of the hapless, mentally and physically handicapped child is found in a field. She is found to have been brutally raped. What happened?
In July 2006, the young girl, staying at Gunwant Maharaj Sansthan in Lakhanwadi, was enticed away from her home by a 52 year old man, a father figure that she had perhaps trusted, and his wife. They did not have to threaten her or forcibly abduct her – the lure of mango sweets was quite enough for the unsuspecting child. (more…)