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10-year-old girl arrested after filing rape claim with police in India

By Mason White 7:30 AM April 18, 2013
Anti rape protest in India 

By: Eva Fett
A little girl was arrested after she and her parents filed a rape claim with police in India, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

The family of the ten-year-old girl, who was arrested after complaining that she had been raped by a neighbor is now under police protection amid accusations that she will be stoned to death if they do not withdraw the complaint.

The overnight detention of the young girl from Dalit, India, alone in a cell in a special female police unit, has caused growing anger across India, as it seeks to improve the safety of women after the gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi, late last year.

Four female police officers of the police station in Kotwali near Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, were suspended pending an investigation after a television crew from India, who was in the police station recorded the girl behind bars.
She had gone to the police station with her mother, after she was found unconscious in a field. She claimed that a 35-year-old upper class man raped and beat her.

The girl is classified as coming from a poor family in a town dominated by upper class citizens. Since making the claim, the family has been under intense pressure from the elders of the village to recant the claim and accept a monetary settlement instead.

In an interview with a local Indian newspaper, the girl’s mother said the family had been warned they would be killed if they did not back down. “They have been threatening to kill, burn our ancestral house and stone my daughter to death if we do not cancel the rape complaint, the mother said.

“This is outrageous. What normal society would jail a rape victim. Hasn’t she suffered enough? The government needs to rid the small towns of their so called ‘elders’ and install the rule of law. the police officers are clearly corrupt as well,” Paul Rangel, 35, of Scottsdale, Arizona told after learning about the arrest.

Ranjana Kumari, a champion of women’s rights, said the arrest of the girl highlighted the obstacles to justice for poor women in rural areas. “Despite the laws that are in place, there is no justice. This incident shows how neglected the justice system has become,” ​​she said.