Gurugram Juveniles Accused of Sodomising, Killing Teen Held; Poverty-stricken Father Dumps Body Behind Bushes
As the father, a rickshaw-puller, did not have the money for his son's last rites, he dumped the body at an isolated place in Kherkidhaula area, the residents said.
Gurgaon: Three juveniles have been arrested for allegedly sodomising and beating to death a 15-year-old boy in Gurugram's Ashok Vihar area.
According to police, they received an information about a teenager's death. On reaching the spot, the father, a rickshaw-puller, said his son was sexually assaulted by three juveniles in the neighbourhood on June 14. The 15-year-old was brutally beaten up by them, following which he succumbed to injuries a week later.
A report by news agency IANS stated that the boy's family members as well as local residents alleged that the police were alerted soon after the crime, but officials of the police station refused to register an FIR.
The rickshaw-puller did not have the money for his son's last rites and dumped the body at an isolated place in Kherkidhaula area, the residents were quoted as saying. The father and his wife carried the body on the rickshaw and dumped it behind the bushes.
The incident came to light on Saturday after some women of the locality came to victim's home to inquire about his health. The victim's parents told them their son had gone to the maternal grandparents' house.
"We were not convinced by their reply. On persuasion, they told us they had to dump the body of their son in Kherkidhaula. We informed an NGO, Shaktivahini, for help," said Pooja, a local resident and social worker from the area.
"The police had refused to take action against the accused since the very beginning. We did not have the money to proceed with legal action, so we decided to dump the body," the victim's father said.
"The NGO and the women of the locality went to Kherkidhaula area and recovered the body after a search," Pooja said. "We informed the local police to take the body for postmortem, but they did not arrive till 11 am. Then we called a local leader, Gaje Singh Kablana, who called the police after which they reached the victim's house and sent the body for postmortem."
Sumer Singh, DCP of West Zone Gurugram, said, "The family members of the deceased have levelled allegation about their son having been sodomised by three minors. We have sent the body for postmortem and are waiting for a report. All the three minor accused have been arrested and they will be booked under sections 302 of the IPC (murder) and 6 of POCSO Act (aggravated penetrative sexual assault)."
(With inputs from Nitisha Kashyap)
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