Teenage girl blames landlord, mother for rape
Barely three days after the gruesome gang rape of a Delhi girl outraged India, yet another case of rape has surfaced, where a teenage girl has alleged that she was repeatedly raped by her landlord in the presence of her mother.
In her complaint, the 17-year old girl from Faridabad has said that she was first raped by Ahmed Lekh, her landlord in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh early this year, when she had gone there to attend a wedding.
She added that she was raped several times and was threatened of dire consequences, if she revealed anything about the crime.
Lekh raped me and my mother is also involved. He and my mother were forcing me to do wrong things. They tied my hands and feet and then he forcefully raped me. It has been five to six months, since this has been taking place. They threatened me that if I reveal anything, then they would kill my father and other family members and told me they had made a CD of the video,” the rape victim told a reporter on Wednesday (December 19).
According to media reports, the victim's mother was into an illicit relationship with the landlord and she later revealed about the crime to her maternal uncle, after the duo began to harass her sister.
The victim's mother, Ruksana Parveen, refuted the allegations and added that her daughter and her husband's relatives were trying to tarnish her image.
“This is wrong, it is not right. These girls have been spoilt by their father, I was trying to guide them, but her father and other relatives have all spoilt them," she said.
The Faridabad police have registered a report in this connection, adding that the crime was first committed in Bijnor city of northern Uttar Pradesh state and their team would first investigate the matter.
“We heard their complaint in this case. She said that she was raped in Uttar Pradesh. They are going there for the investigation. We have registered a report in this case,” said Station Head Officer, Old Faridabad, Vijay Kumar.
Gender abuses are more common across India's conservative northern belt - which includes Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Bihar - largely due to a deep-rooted mindset that women are inferior and must be restricted to the role of homemakers.
Earlier, the gang rape of a medical student in a moving bus in New Delhi often referred to as the ''rape capital'', on Sunday night (December 16) sparked protests from all quarters of society.
The Delhi girl, who is on ventilator support, has severe genital, abdominal and head injuries and is battling for her life in a city hospital.