In an absolute inhumane act, a 17-year-old girl was humiliated, stripped and had her hair cut off by passengers of AC 3-tier compartment of Howrah-Jodhpur Express after she was accused of stealing a bag.
Her father, a daily wage labourer elucidated that she was mentally unstable after she developed a brain tumour a year back.
The girl, who’s a minor, according to her school leaving certificate was sent to jail on Tuesday. The family members said that the police disregarded her age mentioned in the certificate, and filled it by themselves as 19 years.
The girl who has been treated at Saifai hospital in UP for the past year for tumour, fled home after her parents couldn’t afford to give her Rs 100 to visit a local fair.
The incident took place on the train of Agra when a passenger accused the girl of stealing the bag. “The girl was caught with the bag, but passengers took the law into their own hands and cut off her hair,” said Lalit Tyagi, station officer of Agra Fort.
They even misbehaved with the TTE who tried to help the girl. “Passengers verbally abused me. They accused me of being her associate when I asked them to hand over the girl to GRP. It was sheer barbarism, the way they treated the poor child. Women stripped her, while a few men assaulted her. They cut her hair,” Tygai added.
The girl’s parents told the police and the judge that she is mentally disturbed. “I told the judge that she has brain tumor and is being treated at the Saifai government hospital. She became mentally unstable because of that, but the judge did not pardon her,” said the girl’s father.
Police have registered two complaints- one against the girl, and the other against the six unnamed passengers who misbehaved with TTE.
What is surprising here is not even one single complaint was made against the passengers on the account of harassing the teenage girl, who definitely didn’t deserve this despite her crime.
The girl has been booked under IPC section 380 (theft), the six passengers were booked under IPC sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 507 (criminal intimidation).
H/T: The Times Of India
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