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5-Year-old girl raped by temple priests in Madhya Pradesh

A five-year-old girl was raped by two priests inside temple premises in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district Tuesday. The priests reportedly lured the victim, a farmer’s daughter, with sweets inside the temple and then sexually abused her. Later, the accused dropped the victim home and threatened her not to disclose the incident to anyone. The matter came to light after the child’s mother noticed that the victim was in pain while she was relieving herself.

The family immediately contacted the police and rushed the child to the hospital. The child’s condition is now stated to be stable. Police have arrested both the accused priests – 55-year-old Raju Pandit and 45-year-old Batoli Prajapati – late Tuesday night. They were booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO). Cops suspect the duo might have assaulted other minors too.

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