A 15-year-old girl was allegedly shot dead by a man for resisting his sexual advances, Uttar Pradesh police said on Tuesday.
The girl, Prinki, was returning to her home with her sister on Monday when the incident occured, according to Sitapur SP Balendu Bhushan Singh.
The girl, who had been working as a domestic servant, was accosted by two men on motorcycles, who proceeded to verbally harass the two girls late on Monday night.
“The girls asked the men to stop harassing them but they refused, which led to one of them to shoot the girl,” Rahul Mithas, a senior police officer in Sitapur district, said.
According to the victim’s sister, one of the men, Kuldeep, had shot at Prinki, police said. Kuldeep has since been arrested, and police are still searching for the second man, Lokesh.
According to local media, the sisters had complained to police about being regularly stalked by the men in the lead-up to Monday’s shooting, but did not receive help.
Women’s rights activists accuse police of often overlooking complaints of stalking, which they say only emboldens the perpetrators.
The fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 shone a global spotlight on frightening levels of sexual violence against women.
It led to reforms including the speeding up of trials, heavier penalties for offenders and more resources for police. But high numbers of sexual assaults persist, especially in the North of the country.