Man from Punjab who ‘used sedatives on mask to rape minor’ arrested

The accused is reportedly a labour contractor who managed construction workers. The victim told police that on August 29, accused Sant Raj Yadav came to her house and asked her to accompany him for some work. 

The victim further stated in her complaint that she left with the accused to find some work. Once she reached the site of work, the man gave her a face mask, saying that it was mandatory as it was a part of the new COVID guidelines.

“I wore the mask as I was asked to, but after wearing the mask, I started losing consciousness. When I gained consciousness, the accused was with me, and he threatened me that there would be dire consequences if I disclosed to my family that he raped me after I fell unconscious,” the victim testified.

She further said that initially, she was afraid of telling anyone about the incident, but later, she gathered the courage to disclose this incident to her mother and elder sister. After the complaint was filed, the police booked Sant Raj Yadav under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.