The Hush Post: This is another Nirbhaya like case, this time in Meerut. A 14-year-old class VIII girl is gangraped by four men. Then she is intimidated not to open her mouth. Fearing another gangrape, she stops going to school. The family sees nothing unusual in it. Then she stops going to tuitions. The family doesn’t smell a rat and not until on January 6, when she poured kerosene on herself. Even as they took her to hospital, the family under extreme duress from the accused, tell neighbours that she burnt herself in an accident fire.
A few kilometers away, Chief minster Yogi Adityanath during a public programme in Meerut on the day the girl burnt herself raises concern over the safety of women in UP, asking police to send rapists to “the same place where they are sending gangsters.”
After January 11, piecing together bits of information, it came to light that this 14-year-old girl from Meerut was gangraped, subsequently stalked for months and intimidated not to open her mouth. She finally thought of giving up and committed suicide by burning herself. It is not known whether she was gangraped once or several times.
The family has also said that the men, whom cops have now identified as Shobhit, Mohit Kumar, Ankit Singh and Ravi, warned them not to report the matter to police. “Because of the threats we mustered courage to lodge an FIR only after her death,” the brother said.
Her brother has confirmed that the men all from neighbouring Gawdi, used to torment her as she walked to school from home and then to her tuition classes. “We should’ve known something was wrong when she suddenly left school,” he said. Then she wouldn’t go for her tuitions. In an FIR, the girl’s family stated that she chose to take the extreme step after being violated. She was hospitalised with 80 per cent first degree burn injuries and died yesterday.
An FIR under IPC sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 376D (gangrape) and 511 (punishment for offences punishable with imprisonment for life) has now been filed against the accused. Out of the four accused, Ankit Singh has been arrested.