Telangana: A group of elders let off a man who raped a minor girl and impregnated her after paying a compensation of 2.5 lakhs to the girl’s family, along with banishment from the village, Narayanpet located in the Mahbubnagar district.
The self-appointed judges gave this as a punishment to the accused and following the settlement asked the girls family to remain silent about the assault.
The victim is a 17-year-old girl who used to help her mother in the cotton fields owned by the accused, Venkataiah. He allegedly developed physical relations with the girl after promising to marry her.
The family came to know about the assault when the mother saw changes in her daughter’s body and took her for a medical examination for the same.
It was after the revelation of her pregnancy that a few elders of the village took matters into their hands and offered to mediate between the victim’s family and the accused.
According to a report by The DNA India, all the five were produced before a local court which remanded them to judicial custody, local Sub-Inspector of Police M Krishnaiah said.
Cases under various sections of the IPC, including 376 (rape) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, had been registered, he said.
This is what happens when people try to interfere in other people’s business unnecessarily, it’s wrong and not at all welcoming. With matters that are so sensitive, people should inform the police immediately rather than consulting someone or rather just anyone. Nobody thought what the girl was going through, a heartbreak and rape. Instead of being with her, people were trying to compensate for her pain in monetary terms, which is disgusting and unacceptable. Such acts no more surprise us, we keep reading the headlines every now and then and it’s still the same, someone again got raped. It’s high time it changes to the rapist got arrested or rapists will be hung to death. We need this now more than ever.