In Meerut on October 10, a class 11 student who was traveling in an auto-rickshaw on her way back from school was abducted at gunpoint by two men and forcefully taken to a hotel in Hapur where a third accomplice joined the two men and gang-raped her.
The authorities have taken steps in the right direction by arresting the primary suspect and the owner of the hotel involved. In her courageous police complaint, the 16-year-old victim detailed the distressing events, explaining how she was taken to the hotel on a motorcycle after reaching Asauda Panth on Kithore Road in Hapur. Throughout this terrifying ordeal, the young girl was threatened by her assailants to prevent her from reporting the incident to anyone.
The innocent 16-year-old girl was threatened by the three men to make sure she would not mention this incident to someone else. The complaint that the girl filed mentioned that a man named Ayush Kumar who is a resident of a village in Meerut, boarded the auto. Two of his friends, Gaurav and Hrithik who are residents of a nearby village, started chasing the auto on a motorcycle.
Despite the threats and intimidation by the men, the young girl managed to return home where she shared the gruesome and horrifying act that unfolded that day. Her family took her to the Hapur police station and lodged a complaint.
Registered Case by the 16-Year-Old Girl
The police investigation has uncovered that all three individuals accused in this case were school dropouts in their early twenties. Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Hapur, Raj Kumar Aggarwal, provided details that the unfortunate incident occurred on a Saturday morning, raising serious concerns about the safety and security of the community.
Upon receiving the survivor’s complaint, law enforcement took swift action and registered a comprehensive case that encompasses several crucial sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). These include section 376-D, which deals with gang rape, section 307, addressing an attempt to murder, section 506, related to criminal intimidation, and sections 5/6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, highlighting the gravity of the situation.
Furthermore, ASP Raj Kumar Aggarwal shared that the investigation is progressing diligently. The main suspect, Ayush, and the hotel owner, Navneet Kardam, were promptly subjected to medical tests, the results of which are eagerly awaited, as they hold key evidence in the case. In a glimmer of hope, it has been reported that the condition of the 16-year-old survivor is now stable, providing some relief amidst the distressing circumstances.
To ensure justice is served, a dedicated and determined team has been assembled to apprehend the accused individuals, reaffirming the commitment of the authorities to bring the perpetrators to account and protect the rights and safety of the community.