The girl was kidnapped on September 7 while returning home from the market
A minor girl was dragged by two youths- Sheebu and Nazeem to a cane field while she was returning home from the market. Three more guys were present there. All five of them brutally raped her.
They also made a video of the offense on their mobile phone and blackmailed that they would murder her if she told anyone about it. This incident was known to the police only when the video recording was shared on social media.
A case was registered against the five accused, the police said, but unfortunately, only one was arrested on Monday. The police teams are still on the lookout for others. Sitapur Superintendent of Police R.P. Singh and ASP Rajiv Dixit visited the village after the unrest over the gang-rape.
Rape cases have not been new in Uttar Pradesh. There are many instances which throw light on the increasing rate of rapes. Last month, The UP Government has come under fresh criticism when a 13-year old girl was raped and strangled to death in Lakhimpur Kheri district. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said the incident had “shaken humanity”. The oppression of girls and women under the BJP rule in UP was at its peak, he said.
The 2017 Unnao Rape Case was another such incident that left people in a state of shock and fear, leading to protests. A 17-year old girl was gang-raped in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh on 4 June 2017. On 16 December 2019 former BJP member Kuldeep Singh Sengar was convicted for the rape and on 20 December he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The rape survivor tried to immolate herself at the residence of Yogi Adityanath, The Chief Minister of UP, on 8 April 2018 to protest alleged inaction against Sengar. Her father died in judicial custody thereafter.
Rape cases have been largely reported in UP, especially during the beginning of lockdown which has managed to grab the spotlight. There are many cases that remain unreported due to oppression and fear of society. All of us look forward to the improvement in the statistical report of these cases but that day seems far away and only one question ponders, “Will it ever end?”