Six days after a 16-year-old girl had filed a police complaint against two men for allegedly molesting her, she was found hanging at her residence in Bareilly district on Monday.
While no suicide note was found, the girl’s family said that she took the extreme step as residents, including the two booked in the molestation case, had been making “objectionable” remarks and mocking her for filing a complaint, on which no action was taken by the police.
The family also alleged that there was pressure on her to drop the case.
A day after she died, police arrested four persons — all aged between 25 and 30 years — on charges of abetment to suicide. Two of them, who have been booked for molestation, have also been booked for suicide abetment.
Police have also suspended a sub-inspector for delay in registering the molestation FIR based on the complaint filed by the girl on September 11.
“In the preliminary inquiry, it was found that on September 11, when the victim and her relatives reached the local police station, they were turned away and asked to submit a written complaint. The S-I who was holding the charge of the police station has been suspended,” said Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) Sansar Singh.
According to Singh, on September 11 afternoon when victim had gone to a farm, two of the accused accosted her. They forcibly took her to an isolated place and allegedly molested her. When the victim raised an alarm, some farmers working in the field reached the spot. Seeing them, the accused fled.
Later, the girl returned home and told her family members about the incident. They went to the police station to register an FIR but were allegedly turned away.
Two days later, on September 13, the police registered the molestation FIR on the directives of senior police officers.
On Monday, September 16, the victim was found hanging from a hook at her residence.
All the four arrested in the case were produced before a local court on Tuesday and sent them to judicial custody, Additional Superintendent of Police said.
Further probe is on, Singh added.