HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Indore/Khandwa, December 11, 2014

First Published: 19:15 IST(11/12/2014) | Last Updated: 19:25 IST(11/12/2014)

A day after a van driver raped a 5-year-old schoolgirl in Indore, two minor girls were allegedly administered poison and dumped in a well by five youths when they resisted a rape bid by them at a village in Khandwa district. The village falls under Omkareshwar police station limit, 90 kms east of Indore.

The girls, school drop-outs, had gone out to attend nature’s call on Wednesday when the incident occurred. The girls remained in the well for nearly 30 minutes before being pulled out by family members and villagers.

Both the girls of the same family have been admitted to MY Hospital in Indore in serious condition and are unconscious. The doctors treating the girls confirmed the presence of poison in the body.

The family members alleged that the girls were sexually assaulted. However, police are yet to record the statement of the victims and their family.

“The police are asking questions as to how this happened whereas the girls narrated the entire incident in front of no less than 50 people of the village before becoming unconscious,” alleged the brother of one of the girls. The other girl is his niece.

The mother of one of the victims claimed that as soon as the girls were pulled out of the well, they said some people tried to sexually assault them but they resisted their attempt. So, they were poisoned and dumped in the well. “Unn logon ne galat kaam karne ki koshish kee, jiskee vajah se ye hadasa hua (They tried to sexually abuse them as a result of which this happened), alleged the mother, sitting next to the victim’s bed.

The victim’s brother claimed that after they took the girls out from the well, they told them that they can identify the accused who have never been seen in the area before.

“When we took them out from the well, the sarpanch of our village advised not to rush them to the hospital because he had informed the police. We wasted about 30 minutes there,” said the brother.

“Both the girls were conscious when they were taken out from the well. One of them told me that when they resisted their attempt, the youths decided to eliminate them and forcibly put some poisonous substance in their mouth and then dumped them into a well on the outskirts of the village,” he said.

The brother also claimed that he had given his statement but the police said they have nothing in writing.

“As per the TI, the residents of the village have not seen these four-five people in the village. We have also sent some police officers to MY Hospital to record the statement of the family. Till now, they haven’t said anything to the police. We are investigating the case,” said ASP Khandwa, Gopal Khandel.

Three other molestation cases were recorded in Indore on Wednesday.