This Article is From Sep 18, 2013

Pressured to marry her alleged rapist, 12-year-old commits suicide

The 12-year-old student reportedly consumed pesticide

Ranchi: A 12-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped in Jharkhand's Koderma district and threatened repeatedly by her attacker's family, has committed suicide, say the police.

The Class 8 student reportedly consumed pesticide last night.

The girl and her family were allegedly under intense pressure from the family of the accused who demanded that the rape charges be dropped, the police said. The accused man's family also pressured the girl to marry him.

On September 9, the girl was allegedly taken away on her way to tuition classes by the accused, who stays in the same village, and raped.

After she told her family, the accused man, who is from the same village, was reportedly caught and beaten by locals and handed over to the police.

"The family of the accused came to us and demanded that we compromise. They also said we should let our daughter marry him," said the girl's mother. "They threatened to frame us with false charges."

"We have lost our daughter forever. We only want justice now, the accused should be hanged," said a relative of the girl.