A 17-year-old girl consumed poison after being allegedly harassed by three men from her village in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district. The teenager is now fighting for her life at a hospital in Noida.
On November 6, the victim's family had approached the police at the Piswa Police Station in Aligarh to file a complaint of sexual harassment against the three accused of harassing their daughter, India Today reported.
The family alleged that they were receiving threats from one of the accused over the past three weeks. The family claimed that instead of addressing their concerns, the police forced them to withdraw the case.
The victim's family also alleged that a local BJP MLA has been pressurising the police to quash the case.
The family told the police that when their daughter was returning home, three motorcycle-borne men forcibly dragged her to a nearby field, sexually harassed her and filmed the act. They also threatened to post the videos on social media if she did not receive their phone calls.
The girl was later rescued after villagers in the nearby area heard her cries. The girl's family filed a complaint on the same evening.
The next day, the accused posted her pictures on social media, police said, following which the girl consumed poison and was admitted to a hospital in Noida. The victim is now in a stable condition.
At least three teams have been constituted to arrest the three accused.
Superintendent of Police (Rural) Shubham Patel said if the allegation of police negligence is proven to be true, action would be taken against the erring police officers.