3-year-old raped by bus cleaner in Kolkata

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Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

A three-year-old girl has been allegedly raped by a 45-year-old bus cleaner inside a parked luxury bus in Kolkata’s Canal (West) Road, while her five-year-old brother kept pleading the culprit to leave his sister alone.

The incident took place on March 5 evening when Sheikh Munna allegedly dragged the girl inside the bus and raped her after locking her inside the parked vehicle. Munna has been taken into custody.

The girl was bleeding profusely when rescued by her mother and local residents. She is being treated at R G Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

“She had bled profusely but her condition has improved since last night and possibly she will survive. Signs are clear that she had been brutalised,” a senior doctor said.

“We are waiting for the report of the tests conducted on the girl to confirm rape. We are questioning the accused and our forensic experts have collected samples from the spot where the alleged incident took place,” Kolkata Police said.

To stop the incident from occurring, her brother, with whom she was playing began banging the bus door to free her from the clutches of Munna. The boy pleaded him upon hearing his sister screaming “let my sister go” but to no avail. The boy then immediately ran to their mother and informed about the incident, who then informed the neighbours.