In an exemplary show of courage, a 16-year-old girl approached the police alleging that her parents tried to coax her into changing her statement in court after taking money from two men accused of raping her in outer Delhi’s Aman Vihar area last year.
The girl approached the police on April 10 with help from her neighbor, along with Rs 5 lakh that her parents her parents had accepted as advance, following which a case was registered.
The girl told the police that she was raped in August 2017, after which the accused were arrested.
One of them, out on interim bail, approached the girl’s parents and offered them Rs 20 lakh if they could convince their daughter to change her statement and withdraw the case.
Agreeing to the ‘deal’, her parents allegedly forced her to change her statement in court. However, when the girl refused to listen to them, they beat her.
On April 10, when her parents were away in court, the girl approached the police. She also pulled out the bag containing the cash they had received and then left for Aman Vihar police station to lodge a complaint.
The girl’s parents were booked under the Juvenile Justice Act and for criminal intimidation, threatening someone to give false evidence and criminal conspiracy.
Her mother was arrested but her father is on the run.
The girl has been handed over to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), which sent her to a children’s home.