Teen Gang-Raped in Haryana Allegedly Commits Suicide

Teen Gang-Raped in Haryana Allegedly Commits Suicide

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New Delhi:

A teenager in Haryana, who was allegedly gang-raped last month, has committed suicide, the police say. The girl hanged herself from a fan at her home in Gohana in Sonepat district late last night. Her family found her early this morning.

The young girl was deeply upset after the police converted the gang-rape case into rape and arrested only one of the four men she had named, her family alleges.

Her relatives say the police forged her statement, and three accused were roaming free.

"A few days after the incident, she told us that she was pressured by the police to register a case against only one person," the girl's uncle told NDTV.

The girl, who was a minor, was allegedly raped on February 6. She had told the police that she was kidnapped, taken to a secluded farm on outskirts of the village where four men allegedly raped her. The police found her lying unconscious in the farm after her family registered a missing complaint.

"The girl's mother has filed a complaint. We have initiated an inquiry," says Sub Inspector Yogender Singh, who is investigating the case.

Pankaj Chandgothiya, a Chandigarh-based human rights lawyer, accused the police of failing to protect the girl. "After the Nirbhaya case the government has been asking the police to be more proactive and protective. But clearly nothing has changed," Mr Chandgothiya told NDTV.