Patna, Dec 4: In a shocking diktat by kangaroo court, a panchayat in Bihar has ordered a rape victim who is seven months pregnant to take Rs 50,000 for aborting her baby.
According to media reports, the girl who was raped by four brothers of her village seven months ago has now filed a complaint with the police.
The case came to light on Thursday when the victim and her mother who were unhappy with panchayat's order chose to file a complaint in Kishanganj police station.
Police official at Kishanganj station told reporters that the victim was raped by the four brothers seven months back and now she is seven months pregnant.
"When she approached the village panchayat, seeking justice and punishment against the accused, the panchayat members ordered her take Rs 50,000 to undergo an abortion. But she refused it," a police official was quoted as saying in media reports.
The victim is 16-year-old daughter of a migrant worker from Rajasthan. Her mother works as a daily wage labourer in an agricultural field. Reports say that the panchayat of village Packola Palashmani in Kishanganj district has given the order.
Meanwhile, police have registered an FIR and began a probe into the case.
The police said, "We are trying to arrest the accused and take action against the panchayat member."
The police also added the victim was afraid to approach police after panchayat members threatened her.
"After I joined duty here, five girls, mostly from the Muslim community, have filed similar complaints of being raped and getting pregnant," the police official said.
"I am stunned to know that several girls were raped but they failed to inform their parents. Such cases come to light only when they get pregnant few months later," she said.
Kishanganj is a Muslim dominated district as the community makes up for around 70 per cent of the population. It is one of the most backward districts in the state with high poverty rate and low levels of literacy.
(With agency inputs)