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Delhi: 14-year-old gangraped by 4; family alleges police inaction; 3 held, 1 on the run

The family of a 14-year-old girl, has alleged that the police turned them away several times and asked to strike down the name of one of the accused.
 

Delhi 14-year-old gangraped by 4 family alleges police inaction; 3 held, 1 on the run-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 2, 2021, 12:59 PM IST
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In a shocking incident, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly persuaded to go on a long drive by a youth she knew, taken to a flat in Delhi and gangraped by four.

The family of a 14-year-old girl has alleged that the police turned them away several times and asked to strike down the name of one of the accused.

While three of the accused have been arrested, the fourth one is absconding.

According to a report in the Times of India, a class 9 student in Ghaziabad, was called by one of the accused to a temple near her home on July 27. They then left for a park where he introduced her to his three friends.

The report further states that, according to the complaint filed by the girl’s father — a clerk in a private firm — the Class 9 student was called by one of the accused, Karan, to a temple near her home on July 27. From there, she was taken to a park, where Karan allegedly introduced her to three of his friends — Golu, Lefty and Suraj. The youth then persuaded the girl to go on a drive with them in his car, but was taken to a flat in the Kondli area of Delhi.

“The accused dropped her on the main road near her house and threatened her with dire consequences if she blurted out anything about the assault on her. However, the girl relied on her parents and narrated what had happened. The family then approached police,” the complaint said.

However, the girl's family claimed that they faced trouble initially lodging a complaint with the police as one cop persuaded them to strike down the name of one of the accused.

"It's unfortunate how the police behaved with us when we approached them. They tore our complaint twice and turned us away several times. Later, we approached some senior officials, who helped us file the FIR," a relative of the girl was quoted as saying by the Times of India (TOI).

Asked about the family's allegations, a police official was quoted by TOI, "We had called the family to the police station to record their statements, but they are yet to come. Initial findings do not suggest any lag in police behaviour. However, an investigation is underway and suitable action will be taken against anyone found guilty."

Abhay Kumar Mishra, the circle officer of Indirapuram, said a medical test had been conducted on the girl, but the reports were awaited.

“An FIR was registered against the four accused under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of the IPC and relevant provisions of the POCSO Act,” he added.

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