Agra girl, 14, dies by suicide over alleged blackmail, harassment by friend's father
In a tragic incident, a 14-year-old girl reportedly died by suicide in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra after being allegedly blackmailed and repeatedly harassed her by friend’s father.
The victim, a Class 7 student, was harassed over the phone and blackmailed by her friend father, identified as Raghavendra Singh Chauhan, forcing the minor girl to take such an extreme step, the family of the deceased has alleged.
The victim’s father, in his complaint to the police, has alleged that Chauhan to have obscene talks with her daughter over the phone and the girl had complained about the issue to the family many times in the past.
Other members of the victim’s family have alleged that the accused raped the minor victim and was blackmailing her over the phone. They claim that 45-year-old Chauhan was forcing her to have obscene talks with him on the phone, thus exploiting her physically and mentally.
On March 13, the minor girl allegedly committed suicide at her home in Etmadpur town of Agra while her parents were away.
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Reports quoting police sources said that for now, a case under various sections of the POCSO act and abetment to suicide has been registered against the accused, until claims of rape are confirmed by the victim’s autopsy report.
Thana Khandauli Station House Officer (SHO), NK Mishra said the accused was arrested near the Yamuna expressway and two mobile phones were recovered from his possession, adding that Chauhan has been booked under POCSO and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), based on the complaint filed by the victim’s father.
SHO Mishra said Chauhan already has serious cases registered against him for various alleged crimes.
However, the police have yet to ascertain if the deceased victim was raped by the accused. An official said the underage girl’s death by alleged suicide is also being investigated, adding that further investigation is underway.
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