The 15-year-old juvenile is from Varanasi and has spent the last five years living with her cousin in Patiala. “The victim’s family came to know about the crime after she delivered a child on June 12. The family was earlier hesitant to file a formal complaint and had left for Varanasi,” said Ronnie Singh, station house officer (SHO), Urban Estate.
The victim had been staying at her cousin’s house in Patiala for the past five years, according to the SHO, while her parents live in Varanasi. “According to the victim, she was repeatedly raped by her cousin, who even threatened to kill her parents if she dared to tell them about the sexual assault”.
A case has been filed under the Indian Penal Code’s Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation), as well as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act. According to authorities, no arrests have been made thus far because the suspect is on the run.