Minor rape victim asked to slap the accused five times and settle matter

Published: August 27, 2014

In this photograph taken on September 13, 2013 Indian students of Saint Joseph Degree college participate in an anti-rape protest in Hyderabad. NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images

VANCOUVER DESI

In a bizarre judgement passed by a local government body in an Indian village, a teen rape victim was asked not to register a police complaint but slap the accused five times and settle the matter, the Hindustan Times reported.

The 14-year-old victim from Chandak village in Uttar Pradesh was allegedly raped by the accused on August 18. He then threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed anything to her parents.

According to HT, the victim informed her parents of the incident two days later when the accused tried to molest her again.

The girl’s parents then went to a local police station to lodge a complaint, but the family of the accused and the panchayat asked them to sort the matter before the panchayat.

When the matter came up before the local institution, they decided that the girl should slap the accused five times and end the matter without filing a complaint with the police.

The girl’s family was reportedly threatened of being ostracized from the community if they pursued the complaint.

The police took no immediate action as there was no formal complaint.

“I have not received any complaint from the victim or her family members. No action had been initiated against the accused or the panchayat members,” Ompal Singh, the  officer in charge of the local police station said.

But the Additional superintendent of police (rural), Radhey Shyam,  has asked Singh to submit a report explaining why the complaint was not registered and why no action was taken against the panchayat members.

“A police team has been sent to Chandak village to register the statement of the victim. Once we receive complaint, the police would register FIR against the accused,” he told HT.


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