The Hush Post|6:47 pm|one-minute-read|
A 16-year-old girl in Hyderabad invented gangrape allegations, out of fear that she would be rebuked by her parents for watching a movie with a friend.
The incident happened when the girl who had gone for a movie took a bit too long to return. The teen initially reported to police that she was assaulted by a group of men in the city’s Ameenpur area. The complaint came less than two months after the Disha gangrape and murder.
The police immediately stepped into action and tried to trace and nab the accused. However, after an inquiry, the police said that the minor had made up the story.
Sangareddy SP Chandrasekhar Reddy said, “The girl went out with a friend for a movie without informing her parents and she made up the story to cover up what happened. She was especially scared of her mother.”
“She has now admitted that she made up the story after we took her into confidence. As it is a minor, we will counsel the family members and drop the case,” he added.
The incident is primarily rooted in a common challenge between Indian parents and teenagers. The challenge is in speaking to their parents due to the lack of what could be considered as a safe space. What’s more, socially conservative attitudes towards teen girls and romantic relationships create a further unfriendly situation for them.
“The relationship between a child and the parents depends on the environment. Teenagers have certain physiological needs which are often not explained properly due to a lack of open communication within the family. Parents find it difficult to acknowledge and accept friendship among different genders, which makes it hard for the child to talk to them as well,” says Kanaka Durga, an expert in the field of child sexual violence and domestic abuse.
The police said that the minor was studying in Srikakulam. She had come to Hyderabad recently. Investigation officials said that she had left home in the morning after a fight with her parents. Her phone remained untraceable till Thursday afternoon.
“The parents said that she left home at around 10 am with her cell phone and it was later switched off. At around 2.30 pm, she called them and said that she had been gangraped,” Inspector Prabhakar from the Ameenpur police station told reporters on Thursday night.
The parents rushed to the spot, an abandoned area under the jurisdiction of the Ameenpur police, and dialled 100.
When she was questioned initially, the girl said that she was roaming around after leaving her house, when a person on a bike stopped her and claimed that he had her nude photographs. As he threatened to release them online, the girl said that she got on the bike with him.
She alleged that she was then taken to the isolated spot. There a few other men joined them in a car and raped her.
“After reaching the spot, we immediately notified the Sangareddy government hospital. A woman doctor was arranged to conduct a medical test. However, there were no external injuries or signs of rape on the girl,” Inspector Prabhakar said.
When she was questioned after the medical exam, the minor told women police officers that the men had attempted to rape her. However, they fled when they saw a vehicle nearby. There was also no CCTV footage due to a scheduled power outage in the area.
The police continued looking for clues, but found discrepancies in the girl’s story. Later, police said the girl confessed that she had made up the story. This, since she was scared of getting scolded by her mother.