Cops Threatened 15-Year-Old Gangrape Survivor Not to Abort: Father

The police, her father said, coerced her into stating that she had wilfully eloped with the accused.

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The father has demanded that a DNA test be done to determine the father of the child.
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A 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly kidnapped from Ghaziabad in 4 December last year and gangraped, had to deliver the child after the police threatened her not to abort, her father said, according to a Times of India report.

The minor who was trafficked to Ludhiana in Punjab from Ghaziabad was found on 10 March 2017. Her father said that the police coerced her into stating that she had wilfully eloped with the accused. The main accused, 23-year-old Mithun Yadav, is still absconding.

“A medical test was conducted on my daughter soon after her recovery in March. She was found to be 11-12 weeks pregnant,” he said.

We could have terminated the pregnancy. Even my daughter was willing to abort the foetus. However, cops at the local police station threatened us that if we terminate the pregnancy, they would book us under anti-abortion law and send us to jail. They coerced my daughter into giving a statement that she had wilfully eloped with the accused. They had even recorded a video of my daughter in the police station in which she was seen telling that she had eloped on her own. The police were influenced in their acts by the main accused Mithun Yadav, who used to live in Indira Colony, and his close friend Aamir, who has been named as second accused in the FIR.
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He has demanded a DNA test to determine the father of the child. The parents allege that their daughter was raped by two men and want the administration’s help in determining who will shoulder the responsibility of bringing up the child.

The 15-year-old was a class 8 student of a government school in Sahibabad and was kidnapped at 5 pm on 4 December 2016.

We had met the then SSP Deepak Kumar in March when the cops at the local police station did not cooperate. On the SSP’s intervention, the police recovered my daughter within 16 hours...Our well wishers also advised us not to terminate the pregnancy. We had written to the prime minister and UP chief minister in July this year demanding justice for our daughter.

The parents claim that three women — Pooja, her mother Sanju Devi and a neighbour, Neetu — had helped with the kidnapping.

My daughter narrated her ordeal after she returned home. On 4 December, Pooja took my daughter outside for a plate of chowmein, following which she fell almost unconscious. Later, Pooja sold my daughter to Mithun Yadav with the help of her mother Sanju and our neighbour Neetu. Mithun took my daughter to Ludhiana by train where he kept her in the house of his uncle Rakatwa Yadav, a worker in a textiles export company. Mithun as well as Rakatwa Yadav established physical relations with my daughter. Nearly 20 days later, she called us secretly from a mobile phone. We informed police about her location but they did not investigate.

A number of people have visited the girl offering to adopt the baby but the family is refusing to part with him till the criminals are brought to book.

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