Meerut Horror: Widow sold by father, exploited, gang-raped by creditors, burns self

Meerut: Days after Alwar gang rape came to light yet another shocking case of sexual exploitation has come to the fore where a widow was sold by her own father and aunt for a mere Rs 10,000.

If the was not of enough of a trauma, the victim in her later twenties was allegedly gang-raped by her ‘keeper’ and his friends and to her despair when she approached the cops she was turned by them too, TOI reports.

With no justice served to her, the traumatized victim set herself ablaze last and is now battling for her life with 80% burns at a private hospital in Delhi.

According to reports, the victim a resident from UP’s Hapur region was allegedly sold after the death of her husband.

The man who “bought” her as a domestic help for his creditors houses from whom he has taken loans repeatedly exploited and raped the victim.

After the victim took the extreme step it was on Sunday, Hapur SP Yashveer Singh said an FIR had now been registered against 14 persons under the sections of rape.

An investigation in the case has been initiated.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal has written to the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, seeking justice for the woman.

“DCW is in receipt of a representation from a survivor of gang-rape belonging to Hapur. The survivor has suffered unimaginable harassment at the hands of the UP police in Hapur who have refused to register an FIR despite repeated complaints,” read the letter sent by the DCW chairperson.

“This insensitivity and shameful conduct of the UP police compelled the survivor to immolate herself. She is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi,” the letter adds.

The DCW letter further added: “That person had borrowed money from several people and in return the survivor was forced to work as domestic help at the houses of these persons without any remuneration. Here, she was subjected to continuous harassment and gang-rape.”

The victim has alleged that even though she approached the police officers as well as the Hapur SP to take action against the perpetrators, none of the officers took any legal action.

The women tried to immolate herself on April 28. Expressing shock over the handling of the “grievous” matter, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal asked the UP CM to release adequate compensation.

Ms Maliwal has also called for an inquiry into the role of the Hapur police in the case.

“We have received a complaint against at least 14 persons and a probe has been set up,” said Rajesh Kumar Bharti, SHO, Babugarh police station.