Muzaffarnagar riots victim gang-raped, one arrested
A 14-year-old girl, whose family was forced to leave their home during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, was allegedly gang-raped by three men in Ambeta village of Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district.
According to the complaint lodged by the victim’s brother, the girl had gone to the fields where her mother was working on Friday. On her way back, the three youth accosted her and raped her. The girl was later found in an unconscious state.
The 2013 riots have been called the worst incident of violence to hit Uttar Pradesh in recent history. The violent clashes between the Hindu and Muslim communities in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in August-September 2013 resulted in at least 62 deaths, with more than 50,000 people displaced, including the victim’s family.
Her family had fled their home in Baghpat district during the riots and had been rehabilitated in Ambeta village.
Circle officer NP Singh on Saturday said one of the accused, Shahrukh, has been arrested and a special team has been formed to nab the other two, who have been identified as Zulfam, the son of a former gram pradhan, and Zunaid. A case has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act against all three.
The victim’s family members were also allegedly beaten up by the accused when they confronted them.
(With PTI inputs)