Indian teen kills self after pressed to drop rape case



An Indian protester shouts slogans as he is stopped by police during a protest against a recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Another victim of gang rape in India, a 17-year-old girl, committed suicide after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers, police and a relative said on Thursday. AP PHOTO/ALTAF QADRI

AMRITSAR, India—A 17-year-old Indian girl who was gang-raped committed suicide after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers, police and a relative said on Thursday.

Amid the ongoing uproar over the gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi earlier this month, the latest case has again shone the spotlight on the police’s handling of sex crimes.

One police officer has been sacked and another suspended over their conduct after the assault during the festival of Diwali on November 13 in the Patiala region in the Punjab, according to officials.

The teenager was found dead on Wednesday night after swallowing poison.

Inspector General Paramjit Singh Gill said that the teenager had been “running from pillar to post to get her case registered” but officers failed to open a formal inquiry.

“One of the officers tried to convince her to withdraw the case,” Gill, the police chief for the area, told AFP.

Before her death, there had been no arrests over her case although three people were detained on Thursday. Two of them were her alleged male attackers and the third was a suspected woman accomplice.

The victim’s sister told Indian television that the teenager had been urged to either accept a cash settlement or marry one of her attackers.

“The police started pressuring her to either reach a financial settlement with her attackers or marry one of them,” her sister told the NDTV network.

Meanwhile, the Press Trust of India reported that a police officer has been suspended for allegedly refusing to register a rape complaint in the northern state of Chhattisgar.

The woman and her husband later brought the case to the attention of a more senior officer and a hunt has now been launched for her attacker, an auto rickshaw driver.

Official figures show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year in India were against women.

The real figure is thought to be much higher as so many women are reluctant to report attacks to the police.

During an address to the chief ministers of India’s states on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged to bring in new laws to cover attacks on women.

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  • Darwin

    Idiots always defend backward cultures and beliefs in the mistaken premise that western culture is a bad thing. Well, I say that if we wipe out people who hold backward beliefs like the Taliban, then the world is certainly better for it. So before your heart bleeds for those barbarian primitives, think twice. If they had their say, the world would still be enduring animals like these rapists.

    • Jose

      Given your past comments on the RH Bill, I’d say that you REALLY shouldn’t be criticizing people who defend backwards cultures and beliefs.

      • Darwin

        What is backward about upholding the primacy of life from the point of conception? Isn’t it a step backwards to choose material goods over the right to life?

      • Jose

        Mostly?  Basing it off a book written by fishermen from 2000 years ago.

      • Darwin

        Which still stands after all the persecution and violence doesn’t it? There must be a reason that it endures, either a protection from a divine power or that its beliefs speaks to the most basic facts of the human condition, the spiritual and supernatural and not just to the animal.

      • Guest

         Stupidity also endures since time immemorial. Should we now embrace stupidity?

      • Darwin

        According to the PCOS, 14 million did last 2010.

      • Guest

        That happens when you embrace the Western concept of democracy. You should know what you want.

      • Jose

        Or the power of millions of gullible idiots who will defend ANYTHING it says, no matter how irrational or how downright stupid.

        Regardless, my point stands: you have no right to criticize people for defending outdated philosophies.

    • Guest

       Sitting in the Philippine glass house…

      • Darwin

        Fine then. Can you think of any universal justification for the rape? It appears to be acceptable to these primitives. And for so long as there social codes make it acceptable, IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN.

      • Guest

        Here, priests can molest children without having to fear prosecution.

      • Darwin

        Is that a fact? But what part of western beliefs justify rape? There is no debate on whether these things occur. The point is that social codes consider such incidents as taboo and sanctionable.

  • Roberto

    These rapists will not stop raping until a very heavy penalty is imposed against them.

    • Diepor

      Its strange to see that people still belive that punishment will solve anything. Even in China were it is punishable by death men still rape. What is needed is education and a change in the hole society, a attitude change. As long as people think that a man is worth more than a woman, the man is the head of the family this will not change.There has to be equality.

    • Guest

       Yes, a heavy penalty must be imposed on any raping person, also erring priests.

  • Rene V

    this is just plain laziness on the part of government officials. get the government people moving  then maybe something will be accomplished. marrying the rapist with the victim is just too stupid.  hopefully the indian government is not that…

  • lex

    tell these rapist to come over here in the philippines! see how fast they get acquitted! dito obvious na nga di pa aaminin! pag may pera ayos na! at dito hindi nirerespeto ang karapatan ng tao, duda pa lang guilty na e kung a abnoy na presidente nga walang pakialam sa karapaten, ..

    • Crysis_III

      Sure.. kaya mang rape ka na… total absuwelto ka kasi meron kang pera at abnoy ka rin…

    • Yobhtron

      Grabe talaga ang pagka abnoy ng utak mo.

    • Homer Guo

       sa India nga di nakakasuhan, so bakit pa sila go dito at bakit ka naman invite pa? para dagdag sakit ulo ng bayan? dagdag sa pinsala sa mga kababaihan natin? mag-isip ka nga. abnoy ka pa sa abnoy.

  • Practicalandconcerned

    It’s cultural since there are still different classes of citizenship even until now…

    • Mux

      Legally, as per Indian law, there are no classes. Everybody is supposed to be equal. However culturally, many people still believe in the caste system and treat women as inferior. Which is sad since India got it’s first woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, way before The Philippines got it’s first woman President, Cory Aquino.

  • dave

    If you could research the graph of Philippine Rape case, you will see that rape case is at its very very low peak during the time of Leo Echegaray execution. See it to believe yourself.

  • regd

    Evolution is wrong! It’s backward, some man slowly evolve to become ruthless animals!


    Sad to read this news. This is also happening to our girls in the Philippines.

  • vladimirski

    India sucks

    • Guest

       That sometimes happens here, too.

  • theoklab

    the indians also rape and killed filipina nuclear scientist who went there to observe their nuclear technology long time ago, but our gov’t before just ignore it. now, filipinos are importing indian products. they are not only rapist, but also corrupt people. they manipulated real estate, wall street, banks and other busineses.

    • Noel

      The Indians are like the Jews.

  • aofosersd

    Very sad story indeed….R.I.P. to the girl. These are common problems in a society who’s values and morals have spiraled out of control……rapists/criminals are not born, but they are “made” & “molded” & “shaped” by society, a society that tolerates “sex, drug & violence” in print, movies, TV’s and Internet, which in turn influences teenagers & young adults into thinking that sex before marriage (safe sex) is OK……..a society that contains families that are “timid/lazy” & “non-participative” in bringing up & actively molding their children with the right morals and values, because for some reasons or another (absentee father/mother, unfaithful spouse, greediness&slavery to money) they have given this very responsibilty to the state/government……a society that encourages “instant gratification” over delayed gratification…..a society that is slowly forgetting how teach its members how to respect & uphold the dignity of the Sacrament of Marriage (which requires NOT just financial preparation, but most importantly, EMOTIONAL& SPIRITUAL MATURITY). The “culture of death” gains momentum when the very basic unit of society, the FAMILY, is attacked and challenged! Any country, race and culture are not immune to these kinds of crimes. The easiest way to breakdown society is to attack it’s very core, the FAMILY. It’s not up to the government/state to decide what to teach our children, but its the PRIMARY REPSONSIBILITY of parents to teach their children the right morals and values as early as when they are able to talk & understand.

    • Diepor

      This poor Indians is used to religious family morals, there father is the head of the household and has to be obeyed. Then they grow up thinking that they are worth more than a woman and that women need to cater to their needs. They meet a woman that is saying NO,they rape her.

      • Guest

         In some rural areas of the Philippines, that is still the case!

  • Noel

    The Indian Police is as corrupt as our local Police.  The only difference is that the Indian Police Officers smell chicken curry.

  • ManongOsang

    Mga kakabayan….

    GISING !!! This HAPPENS on a DAILY basis in our country!

    Indian Police & Filipino Police are Almost identical .

    Of all people,  Filipinos Should & Can RELATE to this story.

    These stories is what separates a 3rd World country from the rest !

    No one country  perfect but these SERIOUS ABUSIVE behavior of Police are ISOLATED Rare cases in developed nations in Europe & North America.

  • mr

    Parang Pilipinas yan a. Tignan mo mga Visconde rapists puro nakalaya na. Si Singson, di nakulong sa pagkabit ng 16 years old.

  • mr

    Parang mga Muslim din yan sa Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, at iba pang Muslim nations, pag ang babae narape sila pa kinakasohan, kinukulong, at pinaparusahan ng kamatayan o pagbato. Yung mga rapists eh bale wala lang.

    • Mux

       India is predominantly Hindu, not Muslim. Though I don’t see what religion has to do with it.

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