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Two minors raped in Assam; accused held
Two more rape cases, which allegedly occurred on Tuesday, involving two minors have been reported from Assam.

40-year-old Sabir has been arrested from the Bhalarumukh area of Guwahati on charges of raping a minor girl, while another man identified as Habildar of Homeguard was arrested from upper Assam town of Tezpur on Tuesday for allegedly raping a two-year old girl.

Both the accused have been booked under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) apart from relevant sections of the IPC, informed the police.

A gang-rape of a girl in the Margherita area of the state eastern-most district of Tinsukia, too, was reported. The police told media that a gang of two boys, allegedly, raped the girl taking her into a tea garden on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, while the victim was watching a Rongali Bihu function.

In the meanwhile, the police have arrested both the accused. In another horrifying incident of sexual abuse a guard was arrested from Namti area of Sivasagar on Tuesday. The guard, allegedly, had been sexually harassing some girl students of his school for last couple of days.

Massive protests erupted against rape and other forms of crimes against women after the rape and murder of a minor girl was reported from the Botodroa area of middle Assam district of Nagaon later last month. A gang of three including two minors burnt down the victim alive after raping her. The police acting swiftly had arrested all the three accused including the father and brother of the main accused.

According to the state government data, rape and other forms of crimes against women have increased alarmingly in the last three years in Assam. To stop such heinous crimes some organisations have started to demand capital punishment for rapists.

Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal had announced on the floor of Assembly during the recently concluded state budget session that his government would bring a Bill for granting capital punishment for rapists. He also called upon the law students to create social awareness against rape and other forms of crime against women. More than twelve rapes cases were reported from different parts of the state in the last few days despite protest and condemnation against such heinous acts.

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