Agra: In a shocking incident in Kasganj district, a khap panchayat offered Rs 50,000 to a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and asked her family to let the accused walk free in return.
The girl’s father along with her met the district magistrate K Vijayendra Pandian and narrated the whole incident, following which the DM immediately ordered the police to start the inquiry and file an FIR against the accused.
"My daughter was raped twice by Surinder, who is the son of a neighbour. But the panchayat has offered us Rs 50,000 instead of supporting us in filing an FIR against him. They also prevented us from visiting the police station," the victim’s father was quoted by The Times of India.
The father of the survivor stated in written complaint given to the DM that about 25 days ago, the 25-year-old accused dragged his daughter to an isolated place near the village and raped her.
"He then threatened her with dire consequences if she told us about the crime. Two weeks later, he again abducted her while she was at home and took her to his house and raped her. The second time, unable to bear the pain of the assault, she narrated the incidents to me, after which we decided to lodge an FIR, but we were stopped by the youth's family," the complaint further read.
After DM Pandian’s order of initiating a probe against the accused, Sehasvir Singh, station officer of Sidhpura said, "I have received an order from the DM to investigate the matter and file an FIR. The survivor and her family have not contacted us yet. Once they submit a written complaint, we will file the FIR."