On Friday, November 3, a 17-year-old girl in the Uttar Pradesh district of Lakhimpur Kheri hanged herself after a young man named Mohammad Zohid Akhtar and his friends shared the girl’s pornographic recordings on social media. The accused, Zohid, has been taken into custody and a case has been filed in the case.
The matter pertains to the Sampoorna Nagar police station precinct wherein accused Zohid Akhtar allegedly lured the minor Hindu girl into a relationship and recorded her private videos and pictures. Zohid Akhtar used these obscene videos to threaten and blackmail the victim to convert to Islam and perform Nikah with him.
However, the victim’s private films were shared on social media sites like Instagram by accused Zohid Akhtar when the victim refused to abide by his requests. According to the victim’s relatives, the 17-year-old girl was harassed by the accused and his pals in the past. On November 2, the victim, who was alone at home and fed up with the constant harassment, took her own life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her Sampoorna Nagar house. Upon the victim’s relatives’ return, they discovered the deceased person’s body dangling from the fan.
The victim’s body was sent for postmortem and then handed over to the family. The victim’s family members, however, blocked the road in Sampoorna Nagar by keeping the dead body of the victim there and staged a protest seeking justice for the deceased minor victim refusing to conduct her last rites. The victim’s family was joined by a large crowd of locals and activists from Hindu organisations like Bajrang Dal. The family of the victim demanded that the perpetrators be hanged and their houses be bulldozed.
“In Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, cognizance is being taken of the incident of suicide of a minor girl after the criminals put pressure on her to convert for marriage and blackmailed her for physical exploitation, @NCPCR_ A team in Lakhimpur Kheri Will reach and investigate the matter and no culprit will be allowed to escape,” the NCPCR chairman posted.