The gang rape of 15-year-old girl reported on Wednesday turned out to be a story made up by the girl’s father. The man lodged the false complaint apparently to save himself from social stigma after he found that his daughter was having an intimate affair with accused boy.
The girl, who alleged that she was abducted by three persons in a city van from Mhow Naka and abandoned in unconscious condition at Bijasen Tekri area on Jan 14, was in fact, moving around with her boy friend, an engineering student, who resides in her neighbourhood.
The police had registered a case on Wednesday against three unidentified persons and launched a manhunt for them on basis of the girl’s statement. During investigation, the police found a mobile with the girl and from its call records discovered that she had conversation with her boyfriend, at the time she claimed she was being raped.
The phone location taken from mobile towers also suggested that the girl was at different locations including Meghdoot Garden - nearly 20 km from Bijasen Tekri.
Chhatripura police station in-charge Umrao Singh told dna, “We were suspicious about the complaint when it was lodged. But we took immediate action because the girl was a minor.”
“When we tried to dig deep into the matter, we found the story totally fabricated,” he said adding medical reports did not indicate that any rape had taken place. Soon after the facts came to fore, the police interrogated Dharmendra, who confessed to moving around with the girl on a motorcycle on January 14. He was arrested for abduction under Section 363 of IPC.
When confronted, the girl and her father confessed having cooked up the story.
The man also claimed that he wanted to take revenge from the boy for having an affair with the minor girl.
The police said that the girl had returned home late on the night of January 14 when her father confronted her and came to know about her affair. Clinical psychologist Dr Sanjeev Tripathi told dna that certain traditional beliefs make people very cautious about what people might think about girls in the family. “The social stigma associated with the girl being exposed to a relationship before marriage is difficult to accept for some,” he said adding that the girl’s father might have felt the same.