A police constable allegedly sexually harassed a teenage girl in Reoti area in Balia of Uttar Pradesh with the family alleging that the father died of shock after coming to know about the incident, police said.
38-year-old Dharam, posted at Gopalnagar outpost, was arrested on Saturday. He has also been suspended, ASP Vijaypal Singh said.
The incident occurred on Friday night when the 15-year-old girl had gone to relieve herself. Dharam allegedly sexually harassed her following which she raised an alarm, he said.
When she raised an alarm, villagers rushed to her help and the constable fled from the spot, the ASP said. Her family members lodged an FIR against the constable,the ASP said, adding that they also alleged that her father died of shock after hearing about the incident.
There has been an alarming rise in the crimes against women since Yogi Adityanath became the chief minister. The rape cases have almost doubled under Yogi as the state’s chief minister.
1138 cases of rape were reported between March and May showing a huge increase compared to the same period in 2017, when total number of rape cases reported to be 781.
The police’s role too has come under severe scrutiny with many accusing the cops of turning blind eye to the issues of law and order because of no fear of reprisal from their political masters.
Critics say that the breakdown in the state’s law and order machinery is largely due to Yogi’s thrust on implementing his communal agenda.
Data obtained from the police shows that there were as many as 2317 incidents of riots between 16 March and 31 May this year. This witnessed an increase of more than 30 percent compared to the last year, when 1771 rioting cases were reported during the same period.