On Sunday in a village in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh, a 22-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself on a noose. In her suicide note, she accused Mohammad Rafiq alias Mintu of rape. She wrote that Rafiq kept raping her for months and then pressured her for abortion.
The police have filed a case against Rafiq under Section 376 and the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The cops arrested him on 7 July and sent to jail.
Before the girl committed suicide on Sunday, she wrote in a note that the family of Rafiq was pressuring her to abort the foetus she bore because of the rape. She mentioned the names of three brothers and parents of Rafiq besides him in the note.
The girl alleged in the note that the family tortured her, asking for a ‘compromise’ with Rafiq.
The Lakhimpur Kheri police said despite the FIR and the arrest in the case, the girl hanged herself in her house on Sunday.
A relative of the girl alleged that the local police was refusing to take any action against the accused. They were urging the girl and then her family to reach a “compromise” with the family of Rafiq. The police station later engaged another officer who initiated action against the accused.
Authorities removed the first investigation officer, but the victim’s family says the first officer is still putting pressure on them to arrive at a “deal” with the accused and his family.
While Rafiq is in police custody, other members of his family have been booked for abetment to suicide and provisions of the SC/ST Act.
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