LUCKNOW: A 15-year-old blood cancer survivor was gang-raped by two youths in Sarojininagar late on Saturday night. When she sought help from a passerby, he too forced himself upon her on the pretext of offering help.
The accused passerby — Banthara resident Virendra Yadav (45) — was arrested. Yadav works at a construction site, police said. Later, Sumit, one of the accused, was also arrested.
Around 8.30pm on Saturday, Shubham, an acquaintance of the survivor called her up and invited her to go out and eat noodles. She left home around 9pm and met him, who took her on his bike to a secluded place near Chhilawaan Masjid in Sarojininagar. After chatting for over 20 minutes, Shubham took her to his friend Sumit and insisted that they should go and eat noodles, said cops.
After covering some distance, however, the two youths gang-raped her in a dark secluded spot. After they fled the scene, the girl somehow collected herself and managed to reach the main road. “I was unable to walk or speak properly and was trembling with fear,” she told police.
She was looking for help on the main road when Virendra, who was passing by, stopped. “Despite being betrayed by an acquaintance, I trusted Virendra and sought his help as he appeared to be a good samaritan. He, too, took me to an isolated area and raped me before fleeing the spot,” the survivor stated in her complaint.
Following the repeated violations, the girl couldn’t move from the crime scene for afew hours and reached home — about 3km from there — well past midnight. When her family learnt about the crime, her father lodged a complaint with Sarojininagar Police around 4.30am.
The survivor — hailing from a very humble background — is undergoing treatment and is now in a stable condition. Her father has a small business in Sarojininagar. Youngest of three daughters, though she isn’t fighting cancer anymore, she nurtures a dream of obtaining higher education, said her father.
ASP (east) Sarvesh Mishra said Shubham belongs to the girl’s locality and efforts are on to arrest him.