//Frustrated rapists chop off Dalit girl's arm

Frustrated rapists chop off Dalit girl's arm

Lucknow: A gutsy Dalit teenager fought off a gang rape attempt but lost her right arm when the frustrated men chopped it off in revenge in an Uttar Pradesh village. The 15-year-old girl, Anju, put up a daring fight against the four men who tried to rape her in the fields near Achalda village in Auraiya district, 250 km from here, Sunday. Frustrated at the daring resistance put up by Anju, the men chopped off her arm and abandoned her, leaving her bleeding profusely in an unconscious state. They allegedly carried away her arm, police said.

Significantly, the incident took place in the neighbourhood of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s hometown, Etawah. When the girl approached the Auraiya police station to register her complaint, the cops refused to register the case. It was only after her father, Lal Singh, approached the district superintendent of police that a formal report was lodged. Auraiya district superintendent of police Dharamveer told IANS over telephone, "When the girl and her father came to me with their complaint I ordered the concerned police station to register a case against the alleged culprits. We will bring the guilty to book."  Anju has named Veeresh Yadav as the key accused who, along with three others, abducted her while she was on way to the local market. "They intercepted me at a lonely spot and dragged me to the nearby fields where they tried to tear off my clothes and rape me. But I continued to resist with my nails and teeth and managed to run some distance. Then Veeresh caught hold of me again and used a sharp-edged weapon to chop off my arm," the girl said in her report. Alleging that Dalits were at the receiving end of atrocities by powerful Yadavs, the girl’s father told the police that earlier too Veeresh Yadav and his friends had intimidated Anju and threatened to sexually assault her.  The alleged culprits are still at large.