Uttar Pradesh: Minor Sets Herself Ablaze After Being Harassed by Four Men For Months, Dies

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Uttar Pradesh: Minor Sets Herself Ablaze After Being Harassed by Four Men For Months, Dies

Meerut, January 12: A 14-year-old set herself ablaze after being harassed and stalked by four men for months. She died on Thursday. The Class 8 student first dropped out of school and then left her tuition classes. Finally, she killed herself after being unable to handle the harassment she was subjected to. Her family claimed […]

Meerut, January 12: A 14-year-old set herself ablaze after being harassed and stalked by four men for months. She died on Thursday.

The Class 8 student first dropped out of school and then left her tuition classes. Finally, she killed herself after being unable to handle the harassment she was subjected to. Her family claimed that the same men had even gangraped her recently.

Her family stayed in Panchgaon Patti village, just 15 kms away from Meerut city. Her brother told Times of India that the men, all from neighbouring Gawdi, used to torment her while she used to go to school and tuition classes. “We should’ve known something was wrong when she suddenly left school,” he said. “Then she wouldn’t go for her tuition classes in the evening. These men drove my sister to her death.”

In an FIR, the girl’s family stated that she chose to take the extreme step after she was gangraped. On January 6, the girl doused herself with kerosene and set herself on fire. She was hospitalised with 80 per cent burns and died five days later.

The men have warned the family not to report the matter to police. Cops have identified the men as Shobhit, Mohit Kumar, Ankit Singh and Ravi. “Because of that (the threats) we mustered courage to lodge an FIR only after her death,” the brother said, adding, “We were too scared to call the cops. Initially, we told our neighbours that she had burnt herself in an accidental fire while cooking. Later, some local organisations came to our support. It was only then that we managed to go to the police with a complaint.”

An FIR under IPC sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 376D (gangrape) and 511 (punishment for offences punishable with imprisonment for life) has now been filed against the accused. “Of the four, Ankit Singh has been arrested. Raids are being conducted to nab the others,” Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (rural areas), said.