The victim narrated her ordeal to a sign language expert who in turn narrated the details to the police.
The director of a government-aided tribal hostel for the hearing and speaking impaired was arrested from Bhopal on Thursday on charges of raping a 19-year-old tribal girl for several months.
The victim’s ordeal was revealed by two of her fellows in Indore to a sign language expert. The two sisters who blew the lid had also been molested by the accused.
The victim, a resident of Dhar district, had come to Bhopal for studies at an industrial training institute.
According to Bhopal DIG Dharmendra Chaudhary, the victim’s family in Dhar was approached by the sign language expert in Indore after which family members took her out of the hostel on the pretext of an emergency.
“The victim narrated her ordeal to the sign language expert who in turn narrated the details to the police. An identification parade of the accused was done and the victim was so furious that not just did she pick up the accused Ashwini Sharma from amongst a dozen people of the same age group but also slapped him,” Chaudhary said.
According to the police, the accused used to take a grant from the government’s social welfare department for running two tribal hostels in Bhopal.
Both the hostels have been vacated and the inmates are being questioned with the help of sign language experts, police said.
The accused will be presented in court today and the police are likely to seek his custody. “We will be taking the accused to various locations and he will also be taken to Indore where a molestation case has been registered against him. Also, the victim has told the police that she was forced to watch porn by the accused, so some recoveries have also to be done from the accused,” Choudhary said.
The opposition Congress has meanwhile sharpened its attack on the Shivraj Singh government for the ever increasing number of rape cases across the state. The Supreme Court of India had also expressed concern over the rising number of rape cases in the state.