An 18-year-old girl filed an FIR against her rapist and his accomplice on Tuesday morning, defying the diktat of her panchayat to hush up the matter.
The girl, a resident of Satanpur, 10km from Bokaro steel city, was allegedly raped on Sunday between 6.30pm and 7pm, when she was on her way home from her handicraft training institute.
According to the girl’s FIR, she was stopped by two Satanpur youths with whom she had been acquainted with — contractor Ram Kishan and his friend Gopal Kumar — on a bike. The youths offered her a lift, which she accepted.
But instead of dropping the girl home, the youths speeded the bike to a deserted government school building. There, according to the girl’s FIR, Kishan whipped out a dagger to silence her and proceeded to rape her, while Kumar kept guard.
Then, the duo fled on the motorbike.
Reaching home at night, the girl told her parents that she had been assaulted and named the rapist and his accomplice.
On Monday, however, the girl and her farmer father were stopped by the village panchayat from going to the police.
The panchayat as well as the parents of the youths — both hail from affluent rural families and enjoy local clout — asked the girl and her family to keep quiet to protect everybody’s “honour”, even offering hush-up money to do so.
The girl and her parents refused to be cowered.
On Tuesday morning, the girl came with her father to lodge an FIR with Sector XII police. “We have received the complaint. The girl was sent to Bokaro General Hospital for medical examination. If assault is proved, the duo will be arrested,” said the officer in charge of Sector XII police station Rakesh Minj.
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