Unnao: In another shocking incident of crime against minor, a 9-year-old girl was allegedly raped and left to bleed by a 25-year-old man in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao on Wednesday.
According to NDTV report, the family alleged that they were made to wait for hours at the police station where they had gone to register a complaint. The girl meanwhile was bleeding and writhing in pain.
After keeping the family wait for hours they were directed to another police station.
The family had travelled several kilometres from their village to the banks of the river Ganga in a tractor. They took a holy dip in the morning and were visiting a local fair. Taking advantage of the crowd, Chhotu, the son of the tractor driver, took the girl to a secluded spot where he allegedly raped her, the report said.
The girl’s scream and cry for help failed to reach the ears of her family as the place was too noisy. The girl managed to find her family after the accused escaped. She then narrated the entire ordeal to her family.
"When she came back, her clothes were soaked in blood. Chhotu had taken my daughter to the fair but from there he took her to the bushes where he raped her," NDTV quoted the girl's mother as saying.
The family then took the girl to the nearest police station in Auraas where they kept pleading before the cops to listen to them. But the officers allegedly refused to file an FIR (First Information Report). After several hours had passed, they were told to go to Safipur police station as the incident took place in their jurisdiction.
According to law, police officers are bound to register a Zero FIR of any offence committed, irrespective of the jurisdiction, especially in cases of crime against women. The case can then be transferred to the police station concerned for further investigation.
Reports suggest that someone who witnessed the family's ordeal circulated a message on WhatsApp following which the police made arrangements to send the family to the Safipur police station where the FIR was finally registered.
"The girl was sent for a medical examination and the report is awaited. Meanwhile, based on her statement, we have registered a case and arrested the accused. Further investigations are on," NDTV quoted S K Singh, a senior police officer in Unnao, as saying.
Just last month, a 17-year-old girl from Unnao had accused a BJP lawmaker of raping her about a year ago.
The girl had tried to get a case registered against MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for nearly nine months. The girl’s father was however, thrashed and sent to jail by the police, allegedly on false charges, in April, where he reportedly succumbed to his injuries.
The incident came to limelight when the rape victim attempted suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's house but the police registered a case against the lawmaker only when a decision was taken to transfer the probe to the CBI.