In another shocking incident of crime against women, a 15-year-old girl, who was molested by a neighbour, committed suicide on Tuesday evening.
The accused, Gautam Paswan (27), is, however, absconding.
The victim’s parents lodged a formal complaint with the Naihati police station on Wednesday morning.
“We have received a complaint from the victim’s father. According to him, she was molested and thereafter she committed suicide.
The postmortem report has, however, ruled out rape.
We have filed a case of abetment to suicide and a search is on to nab the culprit,” said a senior police officer.
The accused had come to the girl’s house around 4.30pm when her parents were not at home.
According to the victim’s brother, he, along with his sister, was watching television when the accused barged into their house and tried to take the girl away.
But when they raised an alarm, the accused escaped.
Later, at 6.30 pm Paswan returned and forced the brother out of the house.
He then locked the door from inside and molested the girl.
Forced out of the room, the brother rushed to inform their parents at the laundry which is about 600 metres away.
When the victim’s parents rushed home around 7 pm, they found the room locked from inside.
Despite repeated attempts, no one responded.
Panic stricken, they called in the neighbours who broke the door only to find the girl hanging from the ceiling fan.
Sources stated that Paswan once had an affair with the girl and made indecent proposals.
The girl rejected his advances and there on severed all relations with him.
With incidents of rape and molestation being reported almost everyday, crime against women has risen dramatically in the city.
On Tuesday itself, three cases of molestation and attempt to rape came to light.
A woman passenger was molested at a Dum Dum bound Metro train during peak hours on Tuesday evening.
Then, a drunken auto-rickshaw driver in Siliguri tried to rape a Class 12 girl in his vehicle at Bhaktinagar police station area around 9 pm.
If this was not enough, a fish trader was arrested for all egedly making lewd advances and beating up a 25-yearold woman on Tuesday night.
City’s horror run seems to have no end.
Just a couple of days ago, a techie jumped off a moving train to escape molesters.
On July 16, a French girl was molested and her companion beaten up by a bunch of rowdies in the posh Jodhpur Park area in the wee hours.