MEERUT: A day before an 18-year-old rape survivor was to testify in a court in Delhi’s Rohini area, her family in Baghpat’s Bijrol village found a note pasted outside their house, threatening them that the girl will face a fate worse than the Unnao victim’s if she appeared before the court.
“If she testifies in court on December 13, consequences will not be good. They may be worse than what happened in Unnao,” the note read.
Even during an earlier court hearing, the accused had harassed the survivor so much that she had to be admitted to a Delhi hospital and could not make it to the court, her father said.
Acting swiftly, the local police filed an FIR and arrested the accused on Thursday.
Baghpat superintendent of police Gopendra Yadav said, “We arrested Soran Singh, 30, during the early hours of Thursday on the basis of the complaint made by the survivor’s father. He has been charged with criminal intimidation.”
According to police, the survivor used to stay with her father, a taxi driver, in Delhi’s Burari area for coaching in 2018 when she came in contact with Singh, who belonged to her village in Baghpat.
In July 2018, Singh took her to a vacant flat in Mukherjee Nagar on the pretext of providing her with notes for her studies, spiked her drink and allegedly raped her. He also filmed the act and began to blackmail her into submission. Unable to continue with repeated sexual abuse, she filed a police complaint in Delhi.
Singh was booked under IPC sections 376 (rape) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison with an intent to commit offence). According to the FIR and chargesheet, Soran was arrested on July 11, 2018 but was released on bail on July 30 the same year. Ever since, Soran had been pressuring the family for a compromise.
“My daughter is terrified as the accused continues to haunt our family. He has accosted me many a time and even threatened my daughter when she had gone to appear in her exams in a local college. He hounded my daughter so badly the last time that she had to be admitted to Delhi’s St. Stephens Hospital because of trauma and could not make it to the court hearing,” the survivor’s father said.