In a bid to demand justice, a 20-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly gangraped, climbed on the overhead tank of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital. Alleging that local police were helping the accused and had even manipulated the names in her complaint, she threatened to end her life.
The girl remained at the tank for over three hours and came down only after police officials promised to provide her justice and initiate an inquiry against the erring cops. Meanwhile, a large crowd gathered on the spot and work at the hospital remained disrupted for some time following the incident.
The girl was upset as she had been repeatedly travelling 240 kilometres from her native village in Ambedkarnagar to Lucknow for a month but failed to persuade the cops to initiate action against the culprits. The girl is three months pregnant after being allegedly raped and held hostage by three persons for several months.
According to the victim, three persons, Vinod Dubey, Ranjeet Verma alias Lallu Verma and Govind, had kidnapped her from her house and held her captive in a room for over three months, during which time she became pregnant.
Around a month back, the victim escaped and tried to register an FIR against the trio at Mahrua police station of Ambedkarnagar, but the cops there did not entertain her compliant.
It was only when she approached the SC/ST Commission, Human Rights Commission and DGP AK Jain in Lucknow that the FIR was registered but the girl claimed the local police manipulated the content of her complaint. She said she had accused Dubey, Verma and Govind in her complaint but the police while registering the FIR named Govind Kumar, his brother Bahadur and his parents and floated a false story about her having had a love affair with Govind.
“Cops said I had married Govind against my family’s will and was abandoned by his family when he left for Punjab to take up a job. However, I did not marry anybody. The three accused kidnapped me and raped me for months,” she said and added that she had climbed the tank, as even senior police officials were not ready to believe her.
Meanwhile, Ambedkarnagar superintendent of police Pankaj Kumar told HT on phone that the FIR had been lodged as per the application submitted by the girl and proper action had been initiated in the matter but then the girl had suddenly started telling another story of being gangraped by three persons.
Kumar said the police probe so far suggested that Dubey and Verma had no involvement in the matter but detailed investigation was still going on.