When returned home late, she would lie, and parents would beat her up

Faced with serious threats to life, the 17-year-old allegedly gangraped by five UT Police constables had no option but to lie to her parents who got suspicious two months back. Each time she returned home late, she was confronted by her parents.

Fed up with harassment by the five constables and discomfort at home, the 17-year-old decided to commit suicide. However, before taking the extreme step, she decided to share her plight with her friend, a neighbour who in turn informed the victim's cousin.

Suresh Kaur, her friend, told Newsline, "I noticed a change in her behaviour and casually asked if anything was wrong. After she told me what she had gone through, I suggested that she should tell this to her cousin but she was scared. So I called him and told him what had happened."

When contacted, Vinod, victim's cousin, said, "She remained aloof for a few months. She was not eating properly. She was reluctant to go to the market. She was stalked and harassed everywhere and none of us had a clue. The accused waited for her outside her school every day. She was working part-time in Sector 15 from where she was forcibly made to sit in the car and taken to a room where the crime was committed."

Vinod said that her parents used to beat her up and demand explanations when she used to return home late. "She was raped at gunpoint and was even made to take contraceptives. Despite the change in her behaviour, her mother never asked her what was wrong," he said.

"She is close to me but never uttered a word about this incident. The accused had threatened to kill her family if she told anyone about the incident," said a teary-eyed Vinod.

After Vinod approached the police through the area councillor, the victim's parents disapproved of the decision. "We were asked to leave home. My uncle (victim's father) was ready to enter into a compromise by taking money. Even her mother tried to convince her to take back the complaint," said Vinod.

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