UP family forced girl to commit suicide for compensation

Meerut, Feb 14 : In a shocking twist in the suicide by a 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped at gunpoint a few weeks ago, it has now emerged that the minor was forced to hang herself by her own family members.

The family had forced the girl to blame a 65-year-old man for raping her and then drove her to suicide, accusing the police of inaction.

Apparently, village politics and the lure of compensation made the family sacrifice the girl. The family had a dispute with the alleged rape accused.

A senior police official said that the matter came to light during investigations when the girl's mobile phone was screened. Two members of the girl's family were arrested on Friday after the audio clips in the phone revealed the family's role.

"There were some audio clips in which the girl is talking to the 65-year-old man and also his family members and telling them how she is being pressured to blame him," the official said.

Superintendent of Police, Avinash Pandey said that the post mortem report of the girl also did not confirm rape.

The girl had hanged herself at her house in a Meerut village on Wednesday afternoon reportedly due to police inaction. The father of the Class 9 student claimed that she had committed suicide because of police inaction in her complaint of rape.

"The FIR was registered on January 25 as the SHO called my daughter for recording the statement and also for medical examination at least eight times only to harass us. The police had also put pressure on us for a compromise with the accused by taking money as compensation from him," the father of the girl said in a complaint with the police.

He also alleged that the accused had attempted to molest the younger sister of the victim in December last year and at that time too, the local police had refused to lodge an FIR.

After the girl committed suicide, residents of the area protested against police inaction and refused to hand over the body to the police.

They relented only after BJP MLA Dinesh Khatik assured speedy action.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (Meerut) Ajay Sahni has asked SP (Rural), Avinash Pandey, to probe the causes leading to the incident.

(IANS)

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