In UP, train passengers strip mentally ill girl for `theft'

A 17-year-old girl, who, her father -a daily-wage labourer-said had become mentally unstable after she developed a brain tumour, was stripped and had her hair cut by passengers in the AC 3-tier compartment of the Howrah-Jodhpur Express for allegedly stealing a bag.

The girl, who, according to her school-leaving certificate, is a minor at 17 years 10 months, was sent to jail on Tuesday after being produced before a local magistrate. Her family has said that the police disregarded her age mentioned on the school certificate and put it down as 19 years in the FIR.

The incident took place when the train was between Firozabad and Tundla, heading to Agra. The girl's father said she was being treated at a Saifai hospital (in UP) for the past year, adding that she had left home upset on Sunday after she was denied Rs 100 to visit a fair.

Lalit Tyagi, station officer of Agra Fort, where the passengers filed a complaint against the girl for theft, said, “The girl was caught with a bag, but passengers took the law into their own hands and cut off her hair. They misbehaved with the TTE, too, who tried to rescue her.“ The Government Railway Police (GRP) filed two FIRs -one, based on the written complaint of the passengers against the girl; the other by the TTE who complained against six unnamed passengers. Speaking to TOI, the TTE S K Sharma, said, “The passengers abused and accused me of being the girl's associate when I told them to hand her over to the GRP . It was sheer barbarism, the way they treated her. Women stripped her, while a few men assaulted her and cut her hair.“

The girl's parents said they told cops and the judge that she was mentally disturbed. “But the judge did not pardon her,“ the girl's father added

Courtesy - TimesofIndia



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