A 17-year-old girl was raped by a student of a polytechnic college in Uttar Pradesh inside the campus even though the police presence while a civil services (PCS) preliminary exam 2020 was being conducted. Her tormentors robbed her, made objectionable videos, and even thrashed the boy whom she had gone to meet.
The girl, a class 10 student, claimed in her complaint that a dozen students of the college forcibly took her inside the campus where one of the students outraged her modesty while others made an objectionable video and robbed her of Rs 2,000. She also alleged that the students also threatened her that they will make the video viral if she disclosed the incident to anyone.
Dinesh Kumar P, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Jhansi, asserted that eight students, including two main accused Rohit Saini and Bharat Kushwala, were arrested in connection with the occurrence. SSP added that in the further investigation if the names of any other students surfaced in the crime, proper action will be taken against them too.
The victim alleges that she was forced in from the unguarded gate. The center had only one guard and he was involved with the exam process. “Some police personnel heard the cries of the girl and took her to the Sipri Bazaar police station where she narrated her ordeal to the police. She identified one of the accused as Bharat,” the SSP said.
The police have registered an FIR under various Sections 376D [charge convict with gang rape], 395 [dacoity], 386[extortion], 323[causing hurt], and 120B [criminal conspiracy] of the Indian Penal Code and section 66D of the IT Act section 3/4 of POCSO Act in which Rohit Saini and Bharat Kushwaha were named. Apart from the names accused, the police have also arrested Shailendra Nath Pathak, Mayank Shivhare, Vipin Tiwari, Monu Parya, Dharmendra Sen, and Sanjay Kushwaha.
District Magistrate, Jhansi, Andhra Pradesh said directions have been issued to Sipri Bazaar Police to file a charge sheet at the earliest and that the case must be tried in a fast track court. He also said that psychological help had been arranged for the victim to help her withstand the shock.