Five men allegedly gang-raped a 17-year-old girl, forced wooden sticks and the barrel of a pistol inside her private parts and left her for dead in north Bihar, police said on Thursday.
The men were enraged because the victim had fought one of the suspects – who allegedly raped her earlier this month – and filed a police complaint against him, sources said.
The incident happened in Ramgarhwa village of East Champaran district, 190 km north of Patna.
The girl is currently in critical condition and the suspects are on the run with the victim’s mother alleging police delay helped the suspects get away with the crime.
The prime accused, Samiullah, allegedly abducted the minor and raped her on June 12, making a video clip to blackmail her, police said.
But when he called her the next day to extort money, she went to meet him armed with a blade and attacked his private parts when he allegedly tried to rape her again, sources added.
Confirming the girl’s action in self-defence, East Champaran superintendent of police Jitender Rana said, “The boy received 11 stitches but no complaint has been lodged in this connection.”
But when the girl and her mother went to police to lodge a complaint the same day, the cops allegedly dismissed the matter and didn’t administer a medical exam on her, the mother alleged. An attempt-to-rape complaint was registered. Incensed by the action, the accused, along with four other male family members — Aliullah, Javiullah, Kalimullah and Nurullah — barged into the victim’s house, dragged her out and gang-raped her, police said.
Despite receiving the complaint on June 13, police sent a requisition for medical test on June 17 and the girl was finally examined on June 22. Besides, the police are yet to hand over the case to a women police station, which is mandated to inquire into rape cases.
A male assistant sub-inspector, Vijay Kumar Singh, has been asked to investigate the case. The cops are yet to record the victim’s statement under oath, which should be done within 48 hours. An FIR has been registered. Defending the delay, the SP said, “The girl’s condition is serious as a result of which we have not been able to record her statement.”
Rana said the medical report didn’t suggest any injuries to the victim’s vagina or find evidence of sexual contact but doctors said such conclusions could be misleading.
“Medical examination in rape cases has to be done immediately because after 10 hours, hardly any evidence is found,” said Dr Ashutosh Sharan, a noted private surgeon.