Two days after a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were raped by a gang of dacoits on the Delhi-Kanpur highway, the family on Monday said they have nowhere left to go.
Talking to the media on Monday, the 39-year-old Ola cab driver from Noida, whose wife and daughter were raped early Saturday morning, said they might have to leave their locality and shift the girl to another school. Even a friend who gave them shelter after the incident has asked them to leave, he said.
Pushed to the wall, the family has threatened to commit suicide if the culprits are not punished in the next three months.
The incident took place when six members of the family — two brothers, their wives and their children — were on their way to Shahjahanpur from Noida in a white Hyundai Xcent. A group of seven-eight men waylaid their vehicle, looted them and raped one of the women and her daughter.
“Everyone in our locality knows what happened. There are mediapersons waiting outside our house. We have not been able to go home because of embarrassment. How will we be able to live with respect there? We have been living in that locality for the last 18 years. We have no option but to move out. My daughter does not want to change her school but what will she say when children ask questions,” the father said.
“People living in my friend’s locality have also come to know about the incident. My friend’s wife has asked us to leave,” he said.
“My daughter told me, ‘Papa, whenever I try to sleep, I see their faces’. My wife has barely eaten since the incident. She is not in a state to talk to anyone. My daughter knows karate but what could she have done when her father could not do anything? They had told her that if she makes any noise, they will kill me,” he said.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the case. “Yesterday, someone from Lucknow (UP officials) had spoken to us. They assured us that these men will be given the strictest sentence within three months. If this does not happen, we will commit suicide. We do not want money, only justice,” he said.
Narrating the sequence of events, he said they left their residence around 9 pm on Friday and picked up his brother, sister-in-law and their son on the way. At around 1.30 am, two km before Bulandshahr, they felt something hit the car. “We did not stop but later decided to check the tyres. I got out of the vehicle. When I stood up, someone pointed a country-made pistol at me. They took us to a field, tied up the hands and legs of the three men and started beating us,” he said.
For the next two hours, the three men were beaten every time they made a sound. “The women were kept in another side of the farm. About one-and-a-half or two hours later, they tried to take away the car, which was stuck in mud. We heard them talking about getting a tractor to tow the car. But after 15 minutes, we realised they had left because no one responded when we called out. My nephew used his teeth to free us and we found the women,” he said.
“The gang had taken our mobile phones but we found them in the car. We called 100 at least five times but got no response. Then we called a friend in Noida, who gave us a police control room number. We called on the number and 15 minutes later, police reached the spot,” he said.
He said that while they were confined, they heard a police siren on the highway. “We had seen a PCR van when we had taken the Sikandrabad bypass. When we were tied up in the field, we heard the siren but they could not hear us,” he said.
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