In a shocking incident in Uttar Pradesh, a rape victim's mother was allegedly beaten by the father of the accused and was rendered speechless.
The incident reportedly happened on 26 May in Uttar Pradesh's Etawah region, the home town of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
According to reports, the accused Sunny, son of Basant Lal Yadav, entered the victim's house and allegedly raped her on 11 May. The residents of the area nabbed him and handed him over to the police. The cops arrested the accused and registered a case against him.
Ever since Sunny was arrested, the victim's mother was being pressurised to withdraw the case. On 26 May, Yadav and four others physically assaulted her and also allegedly stripped her in public when she refused to withdraw the complaint.
The woman was admitted to the hospital and is in critical condition. She has been left speech impaired after the attack, reported NDTV. It has been four days since the attack and the cops are yet to make any arrests in connection with the case.
The incident has come to light just a day after two teenage girls were allegedly gang raped and hanged to death in Uttar Pradesh.
The bodies of victims were found hanging from mango trees in Katra Shadat Ganj, a village in the Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday. Autopsy reports revealed that the girls were raped and they died from hanging.
Four Arrested in Alleged Rape and Murder of Teenage Dalit Girls
The brutal incident triggered protests in the village, following which the police registered a case and arrested four accused including a constable. Another constable, who is allegedly involved in the case, is said to be absconding.
The National Commission of Women has taken suo moto cognizance of the alleged gangrape and murder of the girls. It has set up an enquiry committee, which will visit the village and carry out further investigation in the case.
The Prime Minsiter Office (PMO) has also sought a detailed report from the home ministry regarding the gruesome incident. On Thursday, home minister Rajnath Singh studied the detailed ITS report sent by the Akhilesh Yadav government to the home ministry. The report was later sent to the PMO, reported Deccan Chronicle.
Rape Cases in India
According to 2012 National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) report, rape is the biggest crime committed in India. The report revealed that there has been a steep rise in the number of rape cases recorded in India. Of all the cognizable crimes recorded under the Indian Penal Code between 1953 and 2011, rape has seen a maximum rise, reported the Times of India. Uttar Pradesh featured among the top five in the list of Indian states where there have been an increase in the heinous crime.
A 2013 report from the Asian Centre for Human Rights stated that 48,338 child rape cases were recorded in India from 2001 to 2011. The report also revealed that the number of reported cases per year have increased 336 percent over that period, according to Reuters.