A ‘gangrape’ that never was

Ten days after a man filed a police complaint naming three persons for allegedly gangraping his 14-year-old daughter on January 28 leading to trio's arrest, the "victim" has now claimed that nothing of that sort (rape) happened on that day as she was bed-ridden at her home.

The girl said that she had taken ill following excessive bleeding — she said she might have become pregnant and suffered a miscarriage — and was bed ridden for past several weeks, police said.

This was also confirmed by a local doctor who had visited her on January 26.

The girl, presently recuperating at Medical College, Amritsar where her uterus was removed following complications, made the disclosures before Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the alleged gangrape. A woman doctor and social worker was also present.

Following her statement, the three accused, Sher Singh (30), his younger brother Charanjit Singh (22), and Balwinder Singh (25), were produced in a Nakodar court, which dismissed the case against them, the police said.

SSP (Rural), Yurinder Singh, confirmed the development but said that the police will carry on the investigations. He said the case also assumes importance as the father had specifically named the three men, all residents of the same village, in his complaint.

Sources close to the family suggested that the family might have accused the trio to "save the honour of the family".

As per the medical report of the girl suggested that the internal injuries which she sustained were unlikely due to alleged sexual assault.

It may be noted that the condition of the girl had become quite critical on February 6 after which she was taken to Nakodar Civil Hospital from where she was referred to Jalandhar Civil Hospital. Later, following complications she was shifted to Medical College, Amritsar, where her uterus was removed.

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