In a horrific incident, cops have booked a man for allegedly raping his minor cousin after she visited his house to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. according to police, the incident took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Tindwari area on 26 August, when the nation celebrated the pious relationship of brothers and sisters.
The cops, according to a report by PTI, said that the girl, 15 years of age, visited her 21-year-old cousin’s house for tying Rakhi on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
After she arrived there, her brother held her captive for two days and allegedly raped her. The cops swung into action and filed an FIR in the case on Sunday after the victim’s family members lodged a complaint.
Police are trying to arrest the accused who is absconding.
The humanity-shaming incident comes just days after a girl in Goa launched #MeTooBro campaign to darw people’s attention to the rampant sexual abuse of girls by close relatives.
The brainchild behind the campaign, Priyal Woodpecker, was quoted by News18, “We often think of Raksha Bandhan as the festival where brothers will pledge their sisters protection. But these same boys go out and disrespect or hurt other women. So I decided to address this contradiction at a more direct level.”
The Facebook page launched on the topic said, “Why the need for ‘Main Bhi’ rakhi?
“The want to regionalize the “meetoo” campaign and make it feel more ‘personal’ to India (pun intended) came from the fact that it’s quiet intimidating for a non-english speaker to find enough courage and strength in her vulnerability and acknowledge something as intimate as abuse; in a language that already excludes her identity by making her feel “Vernacular” – which is another great abuse of our post-colonial times. So this idea struck as a possible solution.
“‘Main Bhi’ is an attempt at reaching out; an attempt in establishing familiarity, and in the process taking this conversation further into the heart of India. As we know, abuse is not an urban concept nor an imported one.
So why stop there?”
In a similar incident, police in Muzaffarnagar had arrested a man for allegedly trying to rape an eight-year-old girl when she had gone to buy a rakhi from his shop.