16-yr-old alleges gang rape, police seek clarity in case

16-yr-old alleges gang rape, police seek clarity in case

Cops looking for exact sequence of events, NGO to counsel her

A 16-year-old girl, reported to be kidnapped a few days ago from outer Delhi’s Begumpur, was allegedly gang raped by her friend and his accomplice.

However, police said the victim has been repeatedly changing her statement, making investigations difficult.

The girl lives with her family in Begumpur. She had suddenly gone missing from her home on February 25. When she was not found by the family, they approached police and lodged a complaint.

Even as police were searching for the girl, they learnt on Tuesday that the girl was found abandoned in west Delhi’s Janakpuri.

Police arrived at the spot and got the girl admitted to a government hospital where she underwent treatment and a medical test to check if she was raped.

“Though the test results show she was indeed raped, it is not certain yet if the incident took place during the period she had gone missing. We are trying to ascertain the sequence of events,” said a senior police officer.

The victim’s statement was recorded by police, but they found several discrepancies in what she said.

Police said the victim first claimed she was lured away by her adult friend to his home. He sedated her there and gang raped her with two other friends, and then deserted.

Her other versions allegedly include that she was raped by an unknown minor. “Once she claimed she was not raped at all and that she had gone to meet her female friend in the same area or that she had gone to see Lal Quila,” said the officer.

Police are waiting for her to come out of a possible shock before they can get her to mention the exact sequence of events and even the places in Delhi she was allegedly taken to. “She will be provided counseling on Friday in front of members of NGOs. That should help,” the officer said. As of now, police have registered a case of rape and launched a search for three suspects, including the friend she mentioned.

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