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Promoter held for raping street children

KOLKATA,�May 13: Two minor street girls were allegedly raped repeatedly by a promoter in Kolkata during the last few weeks. The accused, Mohammed Rashid,�a resident of Collin Street was arrested on 10 May and was remanded in police custody for seven days.
The victims, who used to stay in a shelter home of an NGO,�told the NGO officials during a counselling session recently that they were sexually assaulted by Rashid�in his house a couple of times in the last few weeks. The accused used to lure the minors with money and rape them, police said.
Mrs Sabita�Agarwal,�a senior program associate of the NGO,�had lodged a complaint with Park Street police station on 22 April against the accused following which an inquiry was ordered. During investigation, the victims told police that Rashid�had raped them repeatedly. The accused was later arrested, Mr Jawed Shamim,�deputy commissioner (detective department), said.
�The girls would undergo a medical examination on 15 May and the accused would be produced before the court again on 17 May,� he said. One of the victims was abandoned by her family while the other used to live on the Rafi�Ahmed�Kidwai�Road. �They used to stay in the shelter home of the NGO at night. When police spoke to local people they told the officers that Rashid�used to lure minor girls with money to sexually abuse them,� Mr Shamim�said.
An NGO�informed the city police few months ago that they received complaints of street children being sexually abused by few taxi drivers at night. The NGO�has already rescued some of the abused girls who are now staying in a shelter home.�A senior city police officer said that initiatives have been taken to protect street children from being abused. n SNS


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