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Rape victim seeks President's nod to end life

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February 22, 2007 13:12 IST

A rape victim from Muzaffarpur district in Bihar has sought justice or permission to die from President A P J Abdul Kalam.

In a letter written in Hindi, the 16-year-old girl, hailing from Patahi village in the district, requested the President to either intervene and get her justice or allow her to die because some powerful people, who she claims are relatives of her rapist, were threatening to torture and humiliate her.

She informed that fear, threat and social abuse had forced her father to flee the village and that she had stop going to school.

According to the police complaint filed by her, she was allegedly raped by Jimmy, her neighbour Anil Thakur's son, on September 27.

"I was raped at the dagger point," she said.

During the course of investigation, the police found her allegations to be true and arrested Jimmy. But trouble started when police tried to speed up the case trial.

"Thakur's family and their caste men threatened us to withdraw the case and leave the village," she said, claiming that in the last five months, not only was she being tortured, but her family members too were being humiliated time and again.

"They even threatened to repeat the incident with my younger sister," she claimed in the letter.

Even as the girl awaits a reply from the President, Tirhut range DIG Gupteshwar Pandey told on Thursday that the police will do everything to provide security to the rape victim and go for speedy trial of the case.

Anand Mohan Sahay in Muzaffarpur