A teenager died in Uttar Pradesh after being hit by a speeding train on Sunday night when she tried to escape the clutches of three men who attempted to molest her in an incident that underscores concerns about women’s safety in India.
Police said the 15-year-old girl from Firozabad district had gone to a local market to pick up some medicines when the accused tried to drag her into an auto rickshaw. She managed to free herself but came in the path of the train while trying to escape.
The men witnessed the incident and got away in the auto rickshaw. They are yet to be arrested, officials said.
When the girl did not return for several hours, her father, a factory labourer from the Gatoji Kalan area, went to look for her and found her mangled remains near the train tracks.
“An FIR was lodged at the Dakshin police station in Firozabad against the three accused, Lalla, Kamran and Monu,” informed Sri Prakash Yadav, police station in-charge.
According to reports, the father filed a complaint on Monday based on the statements of witnesses.
However, police lodged an FIR a day later after preliminary investigations, as they initially suspected it was a suicide.