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Girl commits suicide in Delhi over sexual harassment

The teenager left behind a suicide note in which she hinted at harassment by some local men, but the police and her family identified a 21-year-old neighbour as a suspect

New Delhi: A 17-year-old girl hanged herself from a ceiling fan at her house in outer Delhi’s Bakhtawarpur village on Friday after she was allegedly stalked and sexually harassed by a young man in her neighbourhood.

The teenager left behind a suicide note in which she hinted at harassment by some local men, but the police and her family identified a 21-year-old neighbour as a suspect.

Her family has alleged that she was being stalked by a neighbour who wanted to marry her, but she had been resisting his advances.

In the note, the girl said that she had not committed any mistake, but there were some men who were not allowing her to live peacefully, police said.

Police said they have registered a case and efforts are being made to arrest a 21-year-old man, who was allegedly stalked her.

In the suicide note, the class 12 student also mentioned that her death would save her family from eviction from their rented home. Her parents alleged that when they raised the sexual harassment issue with the suspect’s parents, they retorted by compelling them to vacate their tiny two-room set.

Rajneesh Gupta, deputy commissioner of police (Rohini), said a case of abetment to suicide and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been registered at the Alipur police station.

The parents of the suspect dismissed the allegations and claimed he had nothing to do with the girl. The landowner, a relative of the accused, said that the girl’s family was asked to vacate the house because they hadn’t been paying the rent on time.

The girl belonged to a migrant family of five from Bihar. Her parents run a shop and work in the fields.  The parents said they asked for a few extra days to vacate the house.
“My mother died in February. My brother died of cancer just 10 days ago. It would be an ill omen to vacate the house before performing my brother’s last rites,” said the father.

 

Around 10 AM on Friday, the girl was alone at home when she used a dupatta to hang herself. Her mother was away at work and father was in the neighbourhood.

 

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