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6-year-old from Hathras dies 20 days after rape

Police personnel stand guard near the premises of the relatives of Hathras gang rape victim at Bool Garhi in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district on October 3, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Almost 20 days after she was raped, allegedly by her cousin in Aligarh’s Iglas area, a six-year-old girl from the Sadabad area of Hathras passed away in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.

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On Tuesday, the family members protested by putting her body on Baldev-Sadabad road in Hathras. The villagers relented only after Aligarh SSP Muniraj P suspended the Iglas SHO for laxity in arresting the accused.

Mother dead

The father of the girl told reporters that after his wife’s death in January last, he sent his two daughters to live at her aunt’s place in Iglas, at per her request. The younger daughter, he said, was raped by her cousin on September 14. “We came to know about it on September 17 when I was told she had developed an infection in the private parts. I approached the Iglas Kotwali but the SHO refused to lodge a complaint”.

The FIR was finally lodged on September 21 when the condition of the girl deteriorated and was shifted to JN Medical College in Aligarh. “Instead of arresting the accused, the SHO held his brother, a minor and mentally challenged boy, for the crime. He was sent to the juvenile home. We demand the right culprit should be put behind bars and my elder daughter restored to me.”

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Aunt absconding

Local sources said the aunt was absconding. The girl was referred to the JN Medical College and Hospital. When her condition deteriorated, she was referred to the Safdarjung Hospital where she died on Monday.

The SSP has ordered a departmental inquiry against the SHO, and the district magistrate announced a relief of ₹10 lakh to the family from the government.

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