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August 13, 2015

Special court acquits four accused of abduction of Dalit girls, gang rape in Bhagana town in Haryana

A court has acquitted the four persons who were accused of  rape with four Dalit girls belonging to Bhagana in Haryana.

The fifth accused in this case is a teenager and is being tried in the juvenile court.

The court acquitted them for 'want of evidence'. The incident had occurred on March 23 last year.

The girls had been allegedly abducted and later raped. They were walking in the fields when they were pushed into a four-wheeler and made to sniff handkerchiefs after which they lost consciousness, the girls had alleged.

While the three girls remain unconscious, the fourth said that she remained semi-conscious. The victim said that she was sexually exploited (gang raped) and later abandoned at the Bathinda railway station.

The girls had then called their families over phone and informed them about their location. Later, an FIR was registered against five youths. The incident had angered local residents who had staged protest at the secretariat.

The trial was held in a fast track court, w hich has acquitted all the four accused--Sumit Kumar, Lalit, Sandeep Swami, Sandeep Kumar. Haryana has one of the highest rate of atrocities against the scheduled castes (SCs).

TIH Bureau

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