Wednesday, 25 December 2013 | PNS | Lucknow

Depressed over panchayat’s diktat awarding just five slaps to an accused who tried to rape her, a 19-year-old Dalit  girl allegedly tried to commit suicide in Pahasu area of Bulundshahr on Monday.

According to reports, a powerful resident of Sohi hamlet of Pahasu in Bulundshahr had called a village girl to work in his fields on Sunday. When the victim reached for work, the accused called

her and tried to pull her in a secluded place to rape her. Luckily, the victim somehow released her from clutches of the accused and rushed towards her house and informed the incident to the family members.

Reports further said that the family took the matter to the village panchayat on Monday but instead of taking serious cognisance, the sarpanchs  tried to bail out the accused after they  awarded just five slaps to the accused. Disturbed over the incident the girl tried to to commit suicide by jumping into a canal here on Monday. However, she was rescued by passersby. Local police claimed that they took cognisance of the matter and were trying to arrest the accused.

Meanwhile in another incident reported from Gorakhpur, a woman was allegedly attacked by a man for opposing  lewd comments. Reports said that on Monday evening, the accused passed lewd comments on a woman when she was going to a bank with her mother-in-law in Sumersagar area of Gorakhpur. When she opposed, he pushed down the woman to ground and tore her clothes. When the victim’s  mother-in-law raised an alarm, the accused left the woman and absconded.

Following the incident, the victim’s brother-in-law reached the accused’s house but he rang up the police and lodged a fake complaint against her kin. When the victim came to know about her brother-in-law’s  arrest, she reached the SP city’s office and narrated the entire episode only then his brother-in-law was released. It may be mentioned that on Sunday also, in another such incident in Gorakhpur a girl was beaten-up by miscreants in Khorabar police station area for resisting their teasing bid.

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