A 17-year-old gangrape survivor suffering from a mental disability was attacked on Wednesday night by one of her alleged rapist's brother near her home in Unnao district, Uttar Pradesh.
The attacker, identified as one Puttan, tried to blind the girl, allegedly by stabbing at one of her eyes with a long metal needle and seriously injuring the other. Puttan reportedly committed the crime because he didn't want the girl to identify his brother in the ongoing rape case.
The accused tied a big metal needle to a stick and stabbed it in the gangrape survivor's eyes.
According to the Hindustan Times, Puttan allegedly followed the girl while she was going to a field to relieve herself, then attacked her and asked her to withdraw the case against his brother. When she refused, he reportedly tied a metal needle to a stick and pierced one of her eyes with it.
In the meantime, neighbours who heard the commotion came and rescued the girl.
Puttan managed to escape but was arrested a day later by the police, reported the Indian Express.
Unnao Superintendent of Police, Neha Pandey, told the Indian Express:
"She is mentally challenged and a minor too. The accused wanted to injure her eyes. She has sustained injuries in her eyes and other parts of the body... Puttan's brother is in jail, and therefore he has been threatening the family and the victim to withdraw the case for a long time."
The girl, who was only 15 years old at the time of the alleged gangrape, became pregnant and suffered a miscarriage a month later. She has been admitted to a hospital in Lucknow for treatment.
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