NOTWITHSTANDING THE DGP’s claim about improvement in the law and order situation, a seven-member family including children is staging a sit-in in front of the Vidhan Sabha, seeking justice in a case of mass rape, for past two weeks. The family is forced to stay here as the accused are not allowing them to enter the village.
The local police instead of offering any help shooed the victim and her kin away from the police station and did not even register a case relating to the matter.
Natives of Pipri Narayanpur village in Atrauli of Hardoi district, the hapless family members are demanding intervention of senior police officials for the arrest of the influential accused. Head of the family Ram Gopal broke down while narrating the harassment the family has gone through since September 28. He said his family’s woes began the day when his daughter-in-law accompanied by his 10-year-old son had gone to the field on September 28. While she was busy collecting grass Tipu Singh, Karunesh Singh and Sarvesh Singh of the same village arrived there. The trio initially tried to lure the woman and later dragged her into the field when she resisted them. They assaulted the minor boy and the woman brutally before the trio raped her.
The accused fled when the villagers gathered at the scene. The victim, her husband and Ram Gopal went to the Atrauli police station to lodge an FIR. But the cops reportedly detained the woman for two days at the police station and later shooed them away refusing to register a case.
Ram Gopal alleged the accused were regular visitor to the local police station and the station officer (SO) visited the house of the hooligans in the village frequently. Finding no respite from the senior officials in Hardoi, Ram Gopal came down to meet the DIG, Lucknow Range who ordered the Lucknow Mahila police station to register a case on October 4. The case was transferred for investigation to Atrauli police station. But, no arrests have been made as yet.