A 15-year-old girl was kidnapped at gunpoint from her home in Mau Tehsil in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district on Monday. But her mother, Kalavati Devi, has not still been able to register a complaint with the police. Kalavati alleges that the local station officer refused to register her FIR on the grounds that her husband had connections with the local mafia.

Kalavati’s husband Phulchand is lodged in jail for a minor crime. “Your husband is a criminal. Your daughter must have surely gone with them with [her] consent,” the station officer allegedly told her

She then filed a complaint with the subdivisional magistrate but no action was taken. She could also not approach the Chitrakoot Superintendent of Police. Meanwhile, she says, she continues to receive threats that her other daughter would also be kidnapped.

In her search of justice, Kalavati travelled around 100 km to Allahabad on Saturday. Zonal Inspector General Alok Sharma took the matter into cognisance and said an FIR would be registered and a proper inquiry held.

Kalavati has also sent complaint letters to the State human rights and women’s commissions, and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Professor Ranjana Kakkar, chairperson of the Allahabad University’s women cell, also met the IG and urged him to recover the girl.