In a shocking incident from the Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh 70 km away from Lucknow, a man in his late 50s allegedly ‘gifted’ his 35-year-old daughter to his friends and then joined them in raping her, media reported on Thursday.
While one of the three accused was arrested on Tuesday, the others, including the woman’s father are absconding.
The woman and her father had been visiting a fair in Kamlapur area on April 15 evening after which the father called his friend Maan Singh, a history-sheeter to the spot, reported Times of India. The men convinced the woman to ride with them on a bike and then took her to the house of another friend Meraj, whose house was empty as his family was away.
At Meraj’s house, the father handed his daughter over to the men and all 3 took turns raping her. She was kept confined in the house for the next 18 hours before she finally escaped on Monday morning, police said. After reaching home, she told her mother of the ordeal and an FIR was registered the same day.
Meraj, aged in his early forties, was arrested on Tuesday but Maan Singh and the woman’s father went on the run and are yet to be apprehended.
“He claimed to be a medical practitioner but couldn’t produce a degree,” Kamlapur SHO Sanjeet Sonkar said about Meraj. In November of 2017, the paper reports, the woman’s father had been banished from the village following allegations of an incestuous relationship between him and his daughter. “A panchayat was called and the father was arrested. He got bail in February this year,” said Sitapur SP Sureshrao A Kulkarni. Kulkarni also said that the woman had been married off 16 years ago but had returned home within two years of marriage due to a feud with her husband.