Two booked for rape of minor

HOSHIARPUR: Hoshiarpur police has booked two youths for raping a 15-year-old girl, a few months after the crime was committed. It is learnt that the victim’s village panchayat had first intervened in the matter and disposed of the case as a ‘stalking incident’. The parties had reached a compromise on July 6, with a written record of the same signed by the victim’s parents and members of the panchayat.
In the compromise, copy of which is available with TOI, it was also stated that both sides would not pursue any legal action against each other and that grouse of the parents, who had alleged ‘stalking’, remained settled.
According to the parents of the girl, they came to know about the repeated sexual assaults by the two accused, one of whom runs a gas agency in the village, when the girl got unwell and her medical examination revealed that she was pregnant.
While the matter remained talk of the village, the case was registered after the news reached RTI activist Parvinder Singh Kitna, who brought the matter to the notice of the Hoshiarpur SSP.
“As soon as we came to know about the issue, a police official was sent to the victim’s home in the village. We have registered the complaint on the statement of the girl’s father. The victim’s statement is yet to be recorded,” said Chabbelwal police station SHO Devinder Singh.

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