Raped teenager seeks court's leave to end life

Raped teenager seeks court's leave to end life

Raped teenager seeks court's leave to end life

A teenager in East Midnapore, who is pregnant after being raped repeatedly by a fellow villager on the promise of marriage, has filed a petition  in the local court seeking permission to end her life.

The Sutahata police, which received a copy of the petition on Friday as a complaint by the girl, said on Saturday that the victim contended that her life as an unwed mother would be extremely difficult in rural society.

Father arrested

Following the complaint, the man's father was arrested from their house as the accused is absconding, the officer-in-charge of the police station said.

The man and his family had agreed to the marriage with the girl and, therefore, her earlier complaint had not been addressed, the police said.

A West Bengal Human Rights Commission team visited the 17-year-old at  her home in Sutahata.

The girl's mother has also petitioned the court for permission to the family to end their lives in view of the ignominy.

On the intervention of the girl's  neighbours, the man's family had agreed to their wedding on November 16 but the entire family went absconding a day before, the police said quoting her complaint.

Though the rest of his family has returned, the man is still absconding.

The man was allegedly threatening the girl and her family over phone, the complaint added.

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