One Abu Bakr Qureshi used an as yet unconfirmed chloroform-like chemical on a 15-year-old Scheduled Caste Hindu girl, carried the unconscious minor girl to a nearby hotel, and raped her. The incident happened at a village called Sikheda in Ghaziabad, UP. Following a complaint, the child rapist was arrested.
The 15-year-old girl had accompanied her mother to collect fodder for their cattle and vanished under suspicious circumstances from the fields. She did not return home late into the evening and her family and relatives searched in the fields and nearby forests. They were not able to locate the girl.
At around 1 o’clock early the next day, the girl reached home in a dazed condition and narrated the harrowing incident to her family. While she was cutting the fodder in the sugarcane field, Qureshi (from the same village) approached her and made her smell something after which she lost consciousness. He took her to a hotel and sexually assaulted her.
In the morning the victim and her family members approached the police and informed them of the incident. The police took immediate cognizance of the crime and sent the girl to the district hospital for medical examinations. They arrested Abu Bakr by Sunday evening, 13 June, and sent him to jail. The Inspector of Police, Subhash Gautam informed that cases have been registered against the accused under sections of the SC-ST Atrocities act, POCSO, kidnapping, and rape.
The victim’s family alleged that some people of the village were attempting to persuade them for a ‘compromise’ (to withdraw the complaint). So widespread was the support in the Muslim community for the rapist Qureshi that this incident has led to tension prevailing in the village between Hindus and Muslims.
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