We were regularly threatened, beaten, says the family of the victim

Since the teenager’s death in November last year, the accused had been troubling his family, the victim’s younger sister said, adding that she filed a complaint with the police about it on January 20.

The 18-year-old sister said she and her family members were regularly threatened and abused by the defendant, who assaulted and publicly shamed her older sister on Wednesday.

“I used to work in a clothing store and the women in the [accused] my family would come to the store and threaten me. Upset with the daily affair, the shopkeeper fired me about a month ago,” she said.

The sister said that on January 19, the defendant grabbed her maternal aunt and “beat her mercilessly”. She informed the police the same day and filed a formal complaint the next day at Vivek Vihar police station. “The police assured us of help. The officers also shared their numbers but that’s it. They didn’t pursue the matter further,” she said.

A senior police officer said ‘the matter has been resolved out of court, but we will look into it’. The officer added that the family now has protection.

The victim’s sister-in-law said that on the day the boy took his own life, she was beaten by the accused family – all women – because “they thought I had helped the girl [victim] flee the locality. The accused also beat the two minor sons of the victim’s sister-in-law. “I didn’t report the matter to the police because I was very scared. I just cut all ties with my in-laws,” she said.

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