It is a bizarre case of lust, dying societal and police sensitivity.
And together, these have traumatised an unwed minor mother at an age when she should have been cycling to the nearby school.
The incident dates back to December 2011 when a minor girl from a poor family is intercepted by four village goons while she is on way to fields and gangraped at Gopalpur village of Madhepura district.
She goes to Udakishunganj police station to report the incident accusing several village musclemen of committing the heinous crime, but her complaint is not entertained.
The matter then goes to the village sarpanch. One of the four accused agrees to marry her, but later he refuses despite pressure from the sarpanch. By that time, the girl's pregnancy is in an advanced stage.
Finding no help, the girl, with the help of her kin, lodges a complaint case with the court of the CJM, Madhepura.
The court directs the police station to lodge the case, but that does not happen until August 3 this year when the police finally lodge the case against the four named accused-Lalu Sharma, Vijay Sharma, Rajesh Sharma and Jawahar Sharma.
During this period, Gopalpur village sarpanch Ghanshyam Patel is himself arrested in an old case in which a warrant is also pending against him.
When Patel is being sent to jail, he tells the police how he has been falsely implicated in the case for daring to ask the accused to marry the rapevictim girl.
On Sunday (August 19), the girl delivered a baby girl at the sadar hospital in Madhepura. As the girl is a minor and very frail, doctors have kept both the mother and the child under supervision.
Meanwhile, two of the accused, Rajesh and Jawahar, were arrested on Tuesday within 20 days of the filing of the FIR. Madhepura SP Saurabh Kumar Sah said that he was personally looking into the matter.
“If any policeman is found guilty, they will be punished and a departmental inquiry initiated against him. I have directed the SHO to get a medical examination conducted and record her statement before the judicial magistrate.”
Incidentally, the FIR in this case was finally lodged by the new SHO of Udakishunganj police station, Suresh Prasad Ram, after the transfer of his predecessor Bimal Kumar Mandal. The matter was investigated by subinspector Nitesh Kumar.
The SP said that the two arrested accused had been forwarded to judicial custody. “The police will also go in for the DNA profiling of the accused as it is an old case. Justice will be done to the victim,” he stressed.
Women unsafe here, there, everywhere
This is not the only gangrape case to be reported in Bihar in recent times.
On July 30, two schoolgirls of Silao block of Nalanda alleged that they had been raped by some youths.
Earlier, seven persons outraged the modesty of a schoolgirl in the state capital, made its MMS and circulated it on the website.
Women groups alleged that the victim had been put under enormous pressure in course of investigation.
Then there is this sensational case of Rupam Pathak. Fed up with sexual harassment, Pathak, a school principal, had stabbed an MLA of the ruling BJP, Raj Kishore Keshri, to death at his home in Purnia in eastern Bihar on January 4, 2011. Rupam is still in jail.