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Dalit family of 4 brutally murdered, Teen was Allegedly Gang-raped in UP’s Prayagraj

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Four members of a family, belonging to Scheduled Caste, were found dead at their home in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj on the morning of Thursday, 25 November. Relatives of the family have alleged that a 17-year-old girl, who is among the deceased, was raped before the murder. They have accused a neighbouring ‘upper caste’ family of the crime.

According to reports, bodies of Phulchandra Saroj aka Phule 50, wife Meenu Devi, 45, and son Shiv, 10, were found lying on cots in the courtyard while their 17-year-old daughter Sapna’s body was found in the inner room on the bed.

Police have registered an FIR with charges including gang rape and murder against 11 named persons. Primary investigation suggests that they were attacked with sharp-edged weapons. Meanwhile, the bodies have been sent for autopsy and all angles are under investigation.

A case has been registered under relevant sections of murder and rape in the IPC, as well as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act along with the SC/ST Act.

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