Delhi

Jewar case: ‘gang-rape’ victims attempt suicide

Kin say the women were unhappy about lack of progress made in investigation

The four women who were allegedly gang-raped by a group of six dacoits on Jewar-Bulandshahr Road on May 25 in Jewar, attempted suicide on Sunday morning after accusing the police of dragging their feet in solving the case.

“Around 10 a.m., the three of them poured kerosene on themselves while crying uncontrollably about what had happened to the family over the past few days and that no action had been taken by the police,” the 32-year-old brother of the man who was shot dead in the May 25 incident told The Hindu.

He added that the fourth victim also tried to kill herself around 3 p.m. at her house.

‘What else do we do’

He said he was sitting on the porch outside their home when he heard the children crying.

When he ran to the first floor of the house, he saw the women, soaked in kerosene, trying to light themselves on fire while other women tried to stop them.

“Thankfully, the matchstick didn’t light because it was covered in kerosene too,” the man said, adding that the women were allegedly told that the police were not going to do anything in the case.

“They [the police] told us that they’ll solve the case in two days It’s been 12 days and nothing has been done. They’re stalling by saying it’ll happen today or tomorrow. What else do we do?” he said, adding that he stopped the women from committing suicide by explaining that taking their own lives wasn’t the solution.

“Everyone who visits us gives us assurance but we want results,” he said.

He added that he was afraid the women may attempt suicide again in the future, either “on the highway or at the police station”.

Police rush to house

When the police were informed about the incident, officers rushed to the house to pacify the family members.

“We received an input that the victims had attempted suicide. Police officers were sent to console them. I agree that the case hasn’t been solved but we’re trying our best,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (Gautam Budh Nagar) Love Kumar.

“We told them to have patience. We are working on a particular gang. It’s taking time but we’ll be successful soon,” Mr. Kumar added.

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