A 16-year-old Dalit young girl passed away at Chandigarh’s Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PIMER) on Tuesday, August 11, after she suffered from 70% burns she had endured in an attempt of setting herself on fire, on Saturday due to sexual harassment by four young boys from the Jat group.
16 Year Chandigarh Old Girl Commits Suicide Due To Sexual Harassment :
The casualty had been confronting these boy’s harassment – that included stalking, making lecherous signals and comments – for the last three weeks at Kal Banjara town of Sangrur district.
The girl mentioned four names – three from her town and fourth from neighbouring Khadewal, in her final statement to the district judicial magistrate from the hospital bed. She also mentioned that a couple of days back, one of the four young men, Mani slapped her in front of everyone when she questioned his rude and obscene behaviour.She also revealed that one of them has been forcing her to accept a mobile phone to take their calls.
An aspiring girl, the 16-year-old daughter of a brick furnace labourer, had remained silent from telling the truth to her parents and relatives, fearing that she might be dropped out of school.
During the 10-km journey from her town to the Government Senior Secondary School for Girls at Lehragaga that the accused four Jat boys would harass her with lustful signals, comments and disturbing actions.
Though the girl committed suicide on Saturday, police registered the case just on Monday as they were supposedly occupied with security plans for Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal’s visit to Sangrur on Sunday, August 9, media reported.
As per the report, police headquarters Lehragaga has registered a case under Sections 509 (indecent gestures and comments at a woman), 354 (criminal force to outrage woman’s modesty), 305 (abetment to suicide/suicide attempted by minor), 306 (abetment to suicide/suicide attempt), and 511 (punishment for offences punishable with life imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC); and Section 4 (sexual assault punishable with not less than seven years of imprisonment) of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
In the mean time, one of the accused for the incident has been arrested, Sangrur SSP Pritpal Singh Thind told the media.