DAVANAGERE: Three new facts have come to light about Saturday night’s rape bid in a desolate spot in Davanagere: the girl was raped, the accused is a juvenile and that he had an accomplice. ASP Ravi Narayan on Monday told reporters that the medical examination of Kavitha (name changed) and her attacker confirmed rape.
The rape survivor, a 19-year-old first-year BCA student, was returning home from dance class at 9.30pm on Saturday when the accused, a college dropout and an acquaintance, offered her a lift on his bike. Then he took her to a desolate spot behind Bapuji Auditorium, and raped her. When she tried to resist, he brutally assaulted her with a boulder, injuring her head, eye and mouth. Kavitha had crawled home, her face disfigured, after the ordeal.
The accused was arrested on Sunday. Three cases were booked against him — kidnapping, rape and attempt to murder, the ASP said. Though it was first reported that the accused was 22 years old, it has now emerged that he is a juvenile.
The ASP said the accused is nearly 17 years old, and according to documents, his date of birth is January 2, 1997. He was produced before the juvenile court on Monday and sent to a remand home (Bala mandir), he said.
On Sunday, Kavitha’s father had recounted her trauma to reporters, and that she was recovering in hospital.
Police carrying out investigations at the crime spot recovered the rape survivor’s earrings, three broken teeth, a blood-stained boulder and a sensor light. The ASP said police had intensified their search to nab a second person who had reportedly helped the accused commit the crime.