Minor Muslim girl gang raped in Mewat; culprits at large

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Two weeks have passed since a 15-year-old Muslim girl was gang raped in Mewat district of Haryana by four persons including a Sarpanch but Police have not yet arrested any except the one who was caught by the villagers on Monday (16th July) when he came to the village to abduct her again. A local NGO EMPOWER PEOPLE has approached the National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) seeking justice for the girl.

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The incident occurred in the midnight on 28th June 2012. The girl of Fakeer community was abducted in sleep from her uncle’s home, taken to a jungle and gang raped by 4 men out of whom one is the current Sarpanch of nearby village Singar.

Shafiq ur-Rahman Khan of EMPOWER PEOPLE has alleged in the letter to the commission that rather than taking the incident seriously and arresting the culprits, the police first tried to snub out the family and did not file FIR. It was only after the intervention of the NGO that the police filed FIR.

“The family of the victim approached the SP office where they were asked to go to Punhana Police Station. The rapists are so powerful that they even managed to bribe the doctor to produce the false medical report against the girl on 7th of July. The EMPOWER PEOPLE took the behest and escorted the victim’s family to the SP office on the 9th July and finally an FIR was lodged in Punhana Police Station but no arrest had been done,” Khan mentions in the letter to the commission.

On Monday night (16th July) an accused Md. Azad came in her village and tried to abduct her once again. Villagers caught him, thrashed him and tied him. A member of the NGO called the SHO of Punhana Police Station. The police came and the accused was handed over to them.

In the FIR the victim has made four persons as named accused: They are Hanif (Sarpanch), Azad, Liyakat and Sajid. The girl has alleged in the FIR that these four men raped her past midnight on 28th. She was kept at the house of the Sarpanch for whole day on 29th June and again they raped her in the night. Next day morning (30th June) the Sarpanch took her in his van to her village and dropped her at a place and called her mother to take her.

The NGO has alleged that the SHO and senior police officer are pressurizing the family of the victim to withdraw complaint against the Sarpanch. The NGO has urged the commission to ensure justice for the victims.

EMPOWER PEOPLE is an NGO working to protect female victims of violence and mitigate post-violence trauma. EMPOWER PEOPLE is also focusing on the issue of human trafficking for the purpose of forced marriage and female foeticide in North India.