The State government which declared that the Goonda Act would be invoked against the accused in rape cases is yet to give the Police Department any direction in this regard.

Deputy Chief Minister R. Ashok, who holds the Home portfolio, during his recent visit to Yadgir district, made the announcement in this regard. He repeated the statement in Bangalore a few days later.

However, senior police officials in Gulbarga district said that those arrested in Gulbarga district in connection with rape cases were not booked under the Goonda Act, but under various sections of the IPC and Cr. P.C.

At present, the Goonda Act is only invoked against bootleggers, land-grabbers and habitual offenders.

To a question, Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar said the State government was still considering the issue.

Several measures needed to be taken before the provisions of the Act could be invoked against the rape accused, he added.

Arrested

Meanwhile, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 19-year-old youth at Deval Ganagapur in Afzalpur taluk on Friday.

According to Superintendent of Police N. Satheesh Kumar, the accused, Manjunath Kolekar, lured the victim to his house on the pretext of giving her sweets. The police have arrested the accused based on a complaint filed by the child’s parents.

The child is being treated at the Government General Hospital here.

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