In a grisly reminder of Delhi’s Nirbhaya case, a 50-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped and brutalised in the Ughaiti area of Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district, police have said. The woman had gone to the temple but never returned.
The post-mortem report of the deceased confirmed rape, injury in her private parts, and fracture in her legs.
The police have lodged a case in the matter under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to rape and murder. The SHO has been suspended and two accused have been arrested.
The woman worked as an Anganwadi worker and had gone to the temple to offer prayers on the evening of January 3.
According to the son of the deceased woman, the priest of the temple along with two others had come to the woman’s house with her body and left before they could be asked anything. When asked, the priest said the woman had fallen into a well and on hearing her cries for help, he along with two others went towards the well. He did not have any number of the woman’s relatives and left her at her house.
The family of the victim has accused the priest of rape and murder. They have also accused the police of a delay in filing an FIR in the case. The police were informed about the case on Monday morning. The police sent the body for post-mortem. The post-mortem report confirmed raped and found injuries in the woman’s private parts and fracture in her legs.
Superintendent of police (SP) Siddharth Verma said: “The postmortem report confirmed the rape. A case has been registered against the three accused, including the mahant of Dharmasthala under sections of gang rape and murder. Two accused have been arrested in the case. Some policemen have been negligent towards the case so the SHO has been suspended with immediate effect. Action will also be taken against other people who didn’t perform their duties. The search for the main accused is on.”
Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Badaun, Sankalp Sharma, informed that four teams have been formed to nab the accused and assured that the culprits would soon be arrested.