UP Teenager Shot Dead For Standing Up To Her Molesters

23/02/2016 3:16 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 13: Protesters from Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Andolan shout slogans during a protest outside Uttar Pradesh Bhawan against the Uttar Pradesh government over recent gangrape and murder of Dalit teens in state on June 13, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Gangrape and hanging of two teenage cousins, had triggered global outrage and put Uttar Pradesh government in a spot for failing to check the rising incidents of sex crimes in the state. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- In another tragic episode of lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh, a teenager was shot dead for speaking against the men who were harassing her in Sitapur.

Instead of acting on a complaint filed by the family of the 15-year-old, local reports suggest that the U.P. police brokered a compromise between the men and the teenager's family members, who are quite poor.

The teenager and her elder sister were returning home after finishing their chores as domestic help on Monday evening, according to local reports. The prime accused, Kuldeep and Pujari, who were on a bike, approached the two girls when they were crossing a forested area. Kuldeep allegedly shot the teenager.

While Kuldeep and Pujari have been arrested and the pistol recovered, the police is still looking for Lokesh, the third man who was allegedly at the scene of the crime.

The teenager's father told Times Now that the local police apprehended the two men following the complaint about the harassment, a few years earlier, but they were freed after a compromise was brokered.

"They used to harass us everyday," the teenager's elder sister told the news channel

"He (Kuldeep) got down from the bike and shot her. My sister is dead," she said.

The police have denied that the teenager's family had made a written complaint.

Samajvadi Party leader C.P. Rai said he was "ashamed" of the episode in Sitapur, but he added that it was difficult for the ruling government to control every incident in such a huge state.

Earlier this month, the body of a 17-year-old girl was found near Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's house in Lucknow, five days after she went missing. She was allegedly raped and murdered.

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