Rape hush money row
A kangaroo court allegedly tried to force a Dalit labourer to accept a Rs 80,000 settlement with four men accused of raping his 14-year-old sister and, when he refused, attempted to prevent him leaving the village to seek legal action.
- Published 11.09.18
Lucknow: A kangaroo court allegedly tried to force a Dalit labourer to accept a Rs 80,000 settlement with four men accused of raping his 14-year-old sister and, when he refused, attempted to prevent him leaving the village to seek legal action.
The brother later managed to slip out of the village, located in Aligarh district, 430km west of Lucknow, and lodged a written complaint with the local police.
Lakhan Kumar, 30, Lalit Kumar, 22, and Vikas Singh, 24, were arrested on Monday while Chetan Singh, 24, is in hiding.
"My sister was dragged out of the village on Wednesday evening and gang-raped. She told an aunt after returning to the village. The aunt told me the following day," the brother said. The siblings' parents had died a few years ago.
"I met the village elders and requested them to accompany me to the police station. But instead of helping me, they decided to hold a 'court' in the village on Friday evening," the brother said.
"There they decided that I should not go to the police if the rapists pay me Rs 80,000. When I protested, they declared I wouldn't be allowed to step out of the village till I had complied with their order."
The brother slipped out of the village on Sunday and narrated the incident to a police officer, who got the three accused arrested.
However, the brother alleged, the police asked him not to mention the kangaroo court and its order in his complaint.
Inspector Sunil Kumar Singh of Delhi Gate police station said: "We are conducting raids and hope to arrest the fourth accused soon."
He denied any knowledge of the kangaroo court or its decision and said: "The police can book the villagers too if the victim's family lodges a complaint against them."
But the brother said: "The police told me that the villagers would create more problems for me if I mentioned the kangaroo court in my complaint. I agreed."