Humanity was shamed yet again in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur after a man allegedly ‘gifted’ his 35-year-old daughter to his friends before joining them to gang-rape his own daughter. One of the three accused has been arrested, while the others are on the run.
According to a report in TOI, the police said that the accused, who is in his late 50s, and his daughter were visiting a fair in Kamlapur area on the evening of 15 April. After attending the fair, the accused called his friend Maan Singh, a history-sheeter, to the spot. The men then convinced the victim to ride with them on a bike and took her to the house of another friend, Meraj.
Meraj was arrested on Tuesday while the victim’s father and Maan Singh are yet to be apprehended. Kamlapur SHO Sanjeet Sonkar said that Meraj was in his early 40s and worked as a quack in Kamlapur. “He claimed to be a medical practitioner but couldn’t produce a degree,” Sonkar added. On the day of the crime, Meraj’s family was away.
Sitapur SP Sureshrao A. Kulkarni said that the woman had been married off 16 years ago but returned to her maternal house within two years of marriage after a feud with her husband. In November 2017, her father was banished from the village following allegations of an incestuous relationship between the father and daughter.
“A panchayat was called and the father was arrested. He got bail in February this year,” said Kulkarni. Thereafter, the woman started staying separately with her 14-year-old child.
This is an incident that further tarnishes the already negative image of India on the issue of safety of women and children.