A 14-year-old tribal girl hailing from Chhattisgarh’s Kawardha district faked a gang-rape story to prevent herself from getting scolded by her parents for coming back home late after meeting her boyfriend.
The teenage minor, on November 22, had left her home saying that she was going to meet a friend of hers. When it got late at night and she didn’t reach home, concerned, her family members began frantically searching for her and around 11:30 pm left for the local police station to file a missing complaint. Surprisingly, the girl returned home and told her family members that four unidentified men gang-raped her when she was with a male friend.
Shocked, her family members lodged a complaint with the police and a case was registered. The police formed seven separate teams to trace the unidentified suspects but didn’t get any lead for two-three days. Subsequently, the police sensed that the girl and her male friend, also a minor, were giving contradictory accounts of the incident.
“When the police took the duo to the spit of the incident to re-create the scene, the sequence of events differed in their versions. During psychological quizzing, both minors confessed that they were in a relationship and had gone to PG College ground to meet. They couldn’t keep the tab on time and it was too late for the girl to return home. When she resisted going home, the boy suggested her to cook-up a gangrape story,” Kawardha superintendent of police Shalabh Sinha said.
The minor boy has been detained under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on grounds of being sexually involved with the minor girl.