Mahila Majdoor Union members demonstrate in front of SSP Amol V Homkar’s office on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
A 14-year-old girl, who was allegedly abducted and raped by her brother-in-law, lodged a complaint with East Singhbhum SSP Amol V. Homkar against police apathy in arresting her tormentor even a week after an FIR was lodged.
The teenager was accompanied by members of Mahila Majdoor Union.
A resident of Oraon Basti in Sitaramdera police station area, the girl told The Telegraph that after her mother’s death she stayed with her two sisters and father. The latter worked as a servant and was also an alcoholic.
In 2012, one Shiba Sandil befriended her 18-year-old sister and asked them to stay with him. After a few days, Shiba married her sister. The youth started molesting the minor once his wife became pregnant.
Earlier this year, the victim’s sister spotted Shiba assaulting the minor. After a heated exchange between the couple, the three sisters left the youth’s home and returned to their father’s house.
On April 11, 2014, Shiba and his brother-in-law Shibu abducted the 14-year-old girl on a bike from Bhalubasa. The girl tried to scream, but was gagged and threatened with her sister’s death.
The youths allegedly brought her to a house in Bagbera and locked her up for a month, during which they raped her several times. Shiba assured to marry her and threatened that if she resisted, he would kill her sister and their newborn child.
A few days later, the victim heard the youths’ talk about selling her off in Punjab. With help from a local resident, she managed to contact her sister and inform about her location.
Her sister, along with neighbours, rescued her from Bagbera and lodged a complaint at Sitaramdera police station against Shiba on May 21.
Police inaction and repeated threats from the youth compelled them to approach the Union earlier this week. “We have demanded the arrest of the two accused of kidnapping and raping the girl,” said Kamar Sultana, president of the outfit.
City SP Karthik S. said a directive had been issued to Sitaramdera officer-in-charge for prompt action in the case.
Sitaramdera OC Sunil Choudhary said they had completed investigations in the case and both the accused would be arrested soon.