In 2016, when she had topped the CBSE class 12 exams and was felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she was a shining example of "Beti Padao, Beti Bachao". However, two years later, the Haryana native, now a 19-year-old college student, is a victim to India's security system that fails to provide adequate safety to its women.
The girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped by about four people at Kanina in Haryana's Mahendergarh district. The incident came to light when her parents filed a complaint at the local police station. All the accused are from her village itself, the victim said in her complaint.
The girl was on her way to a coaching centre when two young men, who came in a car, allegedly kidnapped her. "They took her to a nearby place, gave her a drink after which she couldn't regain her consciousness. When she got up, she saw there was one more boy," said A.S. Chawla, ADGP Operations, Haryana. The accused later left her near a bus stop in Kanina. "They dropped her back and called her parents to tell them about her location. Medical of the victim has been done," added Chawla.
He informed that an FIR has been registered with the three accused named in it. Chawla's statement comes following the girl's parents allegation that the police initially refused to file an FIR in the case. "My daughter was rewarded by Modi ji after she topped the CBSE board exams. Modi ji says 'Beti Padho, Beti Bacho', but how? I want justice for my daughter. Police has taken no action yet," the victim's mother told news agency ANI.
Meanwhile, as the incident gained a national attention on Friday, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar assured that the guilty would soon be brought under law. "Law will take its own course and whoever is found guilty will be punished," he said.