4-yr-old girl raped by cousin in Hathras, succumbs to injuries in Delhi hospital: Cops
Aligarh/IBNS: Amid the nationwide outrage over the fatal gangrape of the 19-year-old Dalit girl in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras, a four-year-old girl from the same district, who was allegedly raped by her relative, died during treatment at a hospital in Delhi, police said Tuesday.
The minor was held captive at a relative's house in Iglas area of Aligarh district.
She was rescued on Sept 17, Senior Superintendent of Police Muniraj G told media.
"On a complaint by a social organisation police raided the house, which belonged to a relative of the victim, found the girl and admitted her to Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College hospital where she was being treated till four days ago," the SSP told reporters.
After her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to Delhi's Safdarjung hospital.
She succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday.
An FIR was registered by police on Sept 21 based on the complaint of the girl's father, a resident of a village in Hathras district.
In his FIR, the victim's father mentioned that he suspected the girl was raped in captivity.
Police then arrested the 15-year-old relative, victim's cousin, who confessed to his crime, the SSP said.
"The boy's mother, who is the maternal aunt (mausi) of the victim, is reported to be an accomplice in the crime and is missing," he said.
On Tuesday, the victim's family sat with her body on the main road in Hathras to protest against the failure of the police in arresting the woman.
After persuasion by senior police officials, they agreed to conduct the last rites.
Iglas police station SHO has been suspended for his negligence over the incident.
He also said two police teams have been constituted to trace the woman.
The incident has come to light amid widespread outrage over the death and alleged gang rape of a Dalit girl in Hathras by four men belonging to the upper cast.
The Yogi Adityanath government came under immense criticism over his administration's response to the incident.
Two weeks after the girl was brutally gangraped with her tongue cut out, she succumbed to her injuries at a Delhi hospital last Tuesday.
In an even more shocking incident, the dead body of the girl was cremated by police officials in the dead of night denying the family members a look at the victim for the last time in Uttar Pradesh, which is ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Facing severe criticism and protests across the country, Yogi Adityanath ordered a Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) probe into the Hathras fatal gangrape incident last Saturday.