Delhi teenager forced to drop out of school to avoid stalkers

Delhi teenager forced to drop out of school to avoid stalkers
Delhi: Six months ago, life of a 15-year-old in Delhi was full of fun and frolic just like any other school-going girl. Then one day, while on her way to school, she was stalked by a group of guys who started hurling comments and abuses at her.

As the harassment continued for several days, the girl's parents stopped her from going to school and did not allow her to venture out of her home. Today, she is virtually under 'house arrest' for no fault of hers.

Her parents are a worried lot as repeated complaints to the police have not yielded any results so far. The girl, who was a student of class 8 of Rajakiya Sarvodaya Vidyalay in Khanpur area, was forced to drop out from the school.

"The problem started in August 2010 when a local goon Sripal started following my daughter. He often passed vulgar comments at my daughter while she used to be on her way to school. Fearing that any harm might come to her, we stopped her from attending the school. We lodged a complaint with the police but they didn't take any action. The situation worsened and the stalkers continued to harass her even after she dropped out from the school. Whenever she used to go out of the house, they troubled her repeatedly," said father of the victim.

He lodged a complaint against his daughter's stalkers in October but police remained inactive. "The inaction of cops has encouraged the stalkers further. Right from the day my father lodged a complaint against them, they became more abusive towards me. Whenever they see me out of the house, they start chasing me and pass vulgar comments. At times they even tried to molest me. The whole colony watched their act but nobody came to my rescue," said the victim.

When contacted by MiD DAY, police officials said they will be able to comment after they investigate the case.

Residents of the area say the accused operate as a gang and often indulge in such unlawful activities in the Lal Kuan area of Pul Prahladpur area.