Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Charged with molestation, youth kills self

Charged with molestation, youth kills self

NEW DELHI: A youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan after being booked for sexually harassing two women at a south Delhi bus stop. One of his friends, also an accused, attempted suicide by consuming poison. The friend is reported to be critical and is admitted at hospital. Police, however, denied the youth had attempted suicide. According to them, the accused took an overdose of medicines as he had not been keeping well. 

The deceased has been identified as 19-year-old Chandrakant Singh. Police said a third accused is on the run even as sources said the contrary. Families of the accused alleged that harassment by police led to the extreme step. 

Police said the duo had been harassing the two women since October. One of the victims lodged an FIR under Section 509 of the IPC (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) against the three accused at theMehrauli police station on December 24. She was accompanied by her brother. 

Chandrakant and his friend were nabbed the next day but freed on bail the same night. 

Singh family alleged that police had humiliated him so much that he slid into depression and killed himself. They further alleged that a local police officer had demanded Rs 10,000 as bribe for not slapping molestation charge on Singh. 

The incident was reported from New Manglapuri area in south Delhi's Fatehpur Beri. While the suicide took place on December 25, according to cops, the second accused allegedly took poison on December 26. A suicide note was recovered, where Singh said he took the step of his own volition and nobody should be blamed for it. The third accused was identified as Mohit

All the three youths are students at an industrial training institute. The three accused were preparing for an electrician training course at the institute. The victims as well as the accused used to board the same DTC bus on route number 413. 

"The girl and our son had been using the same bus. They are a group of friends who would travel together. I had gone to see a doctor when I learnt that he had been arrested. On returning home, my son refused to speak to anyone. The next morning, I got a call from police who said they needed my son to fix a board at the police station. I refused to let my son go as he seemed very depressed. I counselled him and left for work after lunch. When my daughter went to give Chandrakant food, he didn't open the door. The family members broken open the door and found him hanging from the ceiling fan," said Chandrakant's father.