Man uses voice changing app to pose as woman college teacher, rapes 7 tribal girls in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi


PTI, May 26, 2024, 11:03 AM IST

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A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district for allegedly raping at least seven girls after posing as a women college teacher and calling them in connection with scholarship funds, police said on Saturday.

Most of the survivors belong to tribal communites communities. Brajesh Prajapati, the accused, used a voice-changing app to sound like a woman while talking to his potential victims on phone, police said.

While Chief Minister Mohan Yadav ordered probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the case, the accused’s unauthorised house was demolished following the arrest.

Three associates of Prajapati have also been arrested, said Rewa Range Inspector General (IG) Mahendra Singh Sikarwar.

Prajapati called girl students while posing as a woman college teacher from a collage at Tikari, and asked them to meet so that they could get a scholarship, the police official said. `Her son’ will take them to her house, the caller would tell the girls.

After the crime, he would snatch away the girl’s mobile phone. As per one of the complainants, after one such conversation, Prajapati himself, wearing a helmet and hand gloves, picked her up on a motorcycle, took her to a deserted place and allegedly raped her.

During the probe, police learnt that the culprit had marks of burns and injuries on his hands, and finally nabbed him.

While Prajapati confessed to raping seven girls, four girls have come forward to lodge complaints, IG Sikarwar said. He could have raped more girls and probe was on, the official said.

His associates Lavkush Prajapati, Rahul Prajapati and Sandeep Prajapati were also arrested and 16 mobile phones were recovered from them. One of them was a college student and got numbers of girls from a college WhatsApp group, the IG said.

Their exact roles in the crimes were yet to be ascertained.

The first case of rape, kidnapping, assault and robbery was registered on May 16 following an incident of May 13. Two more cases were registered on May 18 and May 23 over crimes that had taken place on May 4 and May 20, respectively. Another FIR was registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act on May 19 over a crime that had taken place on April 15, police officials said.

Following directives from CM Yadav, IG Sikarwar constituted a nine-member SIT headed by Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) of Kusmi, Roshni Singh Thakur which will submit its report in seven days, officials said.

“Those who commit such condemnable acts are enemies of society, strictest action will be taken against the accused. They will not be spared at any cost,” the chief minister wrote on X.

Congress leader Kamal Nath demanded a high-level inquiry.

“Can’t girls from the tribal community in Madhya Pradesh even study in college without fear?….what is the meaning of the slogan – Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao?” the former chief minister asked on X, noting that Madhya Pradesh led in the country in terms of crimes against tribals and women.

“Not a day goes by when news of atrocities on tribals does not come to light in Madhya Pradesh,” he said, while seeking financial assistance for the survivors in the Sidhi case.

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