Jaunsar rape victim ends life, second case within week in Uttarakhand
DEHRADUN: Unable to deal with trauma, a 20-year-old rape victim committed suicide in Jaunsar area of Dehradun district, making it the second such tragedy within a week in Uttarakhand.
Prior to the Jaunsar tragedy, a teenager had ended her life in Haridwar district on October 22 after a distant relative had sexually assaulted her a day before.
Crime against women in Uttarakhand went up from 1,942 cases in 2014 to 2,042 in 2016. In 2014, 245 cases of rape were reported in the state, followed by 273 in 2015 and 333 last year.
On Friday, the woman was rushed to a hospital in Vikasnagar, around 40 km from Dehradun, after she gulped down a poisonous liquid. Doctors declared her brought dead. The woman hailed from a village falling under Kalsi tehsil, about 80 km from Dehradun.
“The victim’s family members were not at home when the assault took place (on Thursday night). Finding the girl alone at home, the accused locked the door and raped the girl. By the time the family rushed back home on hearing her scream, the man fled from the scene,” Shakti Prasad Uniyal, tehsildar of Kalsi, told Hindustan Times.
The area where the crime took place falls under the jurisdiction of the revenue police (a system where civil officials of the revenue department take up additional responsibility of policing). “A team of revenue officers are on the lookout for the accused who remains at large,” Uniyal said.
The revenue police lodged a case on Friday wherein the accused was booked under Sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.
In the Haridwar case, the 17-year-old girl was raped by a distant relative who had arrived for the Bhai Dooj rituals at Laksar area on October 21. The man, identified as Arun from Khanpur, was arrested following which his family allegedly insulted the victim and her family and pressured them to withdraw the case. Traumatised by the turn of events, she hanged herself at her home a day later.
A senior psychologist highlighted the need for immediately providing psychological support to rape victims for preventing them from taking the extreme step. “Sexual assault leaves victims with post traumatic stress disorder. So it’s very important to provide them with all the emotional support possible through their family as well as through expert counselling,” Dehradun-based senior clinical psychologist Dr Pratibha Sharma said.
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