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Uttar Pradesh: Minor rape victim, her family members shot at by accused’s relatives

The victim, 15, and two of her family members were injured in the attack. Police have lodged a complaint and initiated a probe into the matter.

lucknow Updated: Dec 22, 2017 12:45 IST
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Police has charged accused for rape (section 356) and added Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act after the rape was confirmed in the medical report of the victim.
Police has charged accused for rape (section 356) and added Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act after the rape was confirmed in the medical report of the victim.(HT)

A minor rape victim and her family members were shot at by the relatives of the accused in Bhamora area of Bareilly on Wednesday night.

The victim, 15, and two of her family members were injured in the attack. Police have lodged a complaint and initiated a probe into the matter.

To recall, the victim’s family members had lodged a complaint against the accused Harendra Verma, 22, on December 8. Police has charged Verma for rape (section 356) and added Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act after the rape was confirmed in the medical report of the victim. Verma was arrested and sent to prison on December 9.

Confirming the incident, superintendent of police (rural), Bareilly, Khyati Garg said, “The attack occurred at around 9pm on Wednesday. Two men of the girl’s family sustained bullet injuries in the attack. The girl also received minor injuries.”

The girl’s family alleged that the attack was planned in response to the rape complaint lodged by the girl against Verma. They told that they were taking dinner in their courtyard when the attackers shot at them.

“They came rushing towards us with guns in their hands and before we could do anything, they fired on us,” said a family member of the girl who received bullet injuries on his shoulder and leg. “Our neighbours alerted the police and rescued us,” he added.

Police have registered an FIR against four men of Harendra’s family and formed a team to arrest them. “An FIR has been registered against Harendra Verma’s cousin Ramavtar and Gopi Ram and his relatives Suraj Pal and Ram Pal. The accused have been charged under section 307 (attempt to murder) and other sections of the IPC,” said Garg.

The girl’s family has also accused the local police for failing to provide security to the girl even after an apparent threat to her life.

“Harendra’s relatives issued open threats to our family after he was arrested. We reported this to the local police and demanded security but they declined our request,” said the victim’s father.

The SP has taken cognizance of their complaint and asked the station house officer (SHO) of the local police station to submit a written explanation in the matter.