The body of a 19-year-old Dalit girl was found hanging from a tree in an agricultural field in Jahangirpur village on Monday morning. Police said that the victim was allegedly gang-raped by four youngsters from the village around two months ago. Two of the accused named in the FIR are still absconding.
The Gautam Budh Nagar and Bulandshahr police were initially fighting over jurisdiction as the victim’s residence falls in Bulandshahr, but the spot where she was found hanging falls under Gautam Budh Nagar.
According to the police, the victim’s family members said that she had gone to the fields to work on Sunday evening. When she did not return even after sunset, they went to look for her. They found her dead body hanging from a tree in the fields, after which they immediately informed the police and other villagers.
Police reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. No suicide note was recovered from the spot.
Police said that they have registered a case of murder against unidentified accused after the complaint filed by the victim’s parents. The post-mortem report confirms strangulation as the cause of death, but no external injury marks were found on the victim’s body.
“We have registered a murder case against unidentified persons in Sunday’s incident. In the previous FIR of gangrape, all of the accused were booked. I will look into the matter and see why the two accused were not arrested,” said Anant Dev Tiwari, senior superintendent of police (Bulandshahr).
On August 16, when the victim was returning after finishing work in the fields, she was allegedly kidnapped by the four accused and gangraped. She was rescued four days later from the house of one of the accused. An FIR against the four accused was registered at Jahangirpur police station under sections of
the Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to kidnapping and gang rape.