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Another Kathua? Minor Girl In Haryana Kidnapped, Gangraped In Temple

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| April 23 , 2018 , 12:55 IST

In a case with disturbing similarity to the gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old in Jammu an Kashmir's Kathua, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped, gangraped and had her head smashed in a temple in Haryana's Yamunanagar on Sunday.

The 13-year-old in Yamunanagar had reportedly been sleeping at home with her siblings when 4 men barged in and kidnapped her, reports ANI. The men took the girl to a temple nearby and allegedly gang-raped her before smashing her head into the wall before fleeing. The girl was reportedly found unconscious by neighbours in the temple premises.  

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The parents of the minor girl filed a First Investigation Report (FIR) under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act against child abuse.

"The medical test of the girl has been done... we have registered a case and an investigation is underway. A search operation is on to catch the culprits," said the station house officer of Yamunanagar police station.

Just one day back, on Sunday, President Ram Nath Kovind had signed an executive order promulgating stringent punishment for those convicted of raping minors, with a death penalty for those convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 years.

As per the ordinance, in the case of rape of girls between the age of 12 years to 16 years, the minimum punishment has been increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to life imprisonment for the rest of the convict's "natural life" and no anticipatory bail.

The changes to the POCSO Act came after the brutal gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old in Kathua, who was allegedly kept in temple premises as she was raped repeatedly over several days while being force-fed sedatives before she was killed.