Teenager’s month-long stalk­ing night­mare ends

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Shikha.Salaria @times­group.com

Noida: Trou­bled by re­lent­less stalk­ing and ha­rass­ment, a 19-year-old BSc stu­dent from Etawah stopped go­ing to col­lege, com­plained to po­lice, changed her phone num­ber, and even re­lo­cated from her na­tive place.

Af­ter seven months, her night­mare — she was al­legedly kid­napped and threat­ened with an acid at­tack — fi­nally ended on Satur­day when the youth, 20-year-old Su­raj Sabita, was ar­rested by Sec­tor 24. He was pro­duced be­fore court on Mon­day and sent to jail. In March this year, Sabita had al­legedly started stalk­ing the girl, who was then study­ing at a pri­vate col­lege in Maniya Mau vil­lage of Etawah dis­trict.

Ac­cord­ing to the girl’s mother, Sabita used to ha­rass the girl and made fre­quent calls. “De­spite my daugh­ter clearly re­ject­ing his ad­vances, he did not re­lent,” she said.

She al­leged that on April 26, Sabita force­fully made her daugh­ter sit in an auto and took her to his cousin’s house in Ikdil area of Etawah, threat­en­ing her with dire con­se­quences. “She heard him telling his cousin that he would marry her. She got scared and some­how man­aged to flee,” she said.

There­after, the girl stopped go­ing to col­lege in May.

Since my daugh­ter’s stud­ies were getting dis­turbed and she was men­tally up­set, relatives sug­gested that we re­lo­cate to Noida where her fa­ther was work­ing

The fam­ily filed a po­lice com­plaint in Etawah, but no ac­tion was taken, they al­leged.

“Since my daugh­ter’s stud­ies were getting dis­turbed and she was men­tally up­set, relatives sug­gested that we re­lo­cate to Noida where her fa­ther was work­ing. We moved in May,” she told TOI.

While her younger sis­ters were ad­mit­ted to dif­fer­ent schools in Noida in July, the BSc stu­dent took ad­mis­sion at a coach­ing cen­tre. Her un­cle said the youth con­tin­ued to mes­sage her and when they blocked his num­ber, he started mak­ing calls from an­other num­ber. When the girl started us­ing her par­ents’ num­ber, Sabita al­legedly started mes­sag­ing her fa­ther, mother, un­cle and his wife too.

He al­legedly threat­ened her with an acid at­tack and told her that she too would meet the faith of the Mathurabas­ed woman con­sta­ble who had suf­fered se­vere in­juries af­ter an at­tack by four car­borne youths. “He also threat­ened to kill her fa­ther and claimed that he knew where he worked,” her un­cle al­leged.

The youth mor­phed a pic­ture of the girl with him and put it as his dis­play photo on What­sApp. He even mor­phed the pho­tos of her younger sis­ters and sent them to her par­ents, the mother al­leged. DDA’s dis­trict park in Sec­tor 16, Ro­hini, near Ojas In­sti­tute, has be­come the best place for mosquitoes to hover be­cause of the tall grass. The au­thor­i­ties have been re­minded many times but no ac­tion is be­ing taken.

Cit­i­zen Re­porter Gau­tam Sharma

The roads to go to Vish­wakarma School, D block, Shiv Vi­har, Nan­gloi, are full of garbage and dirty wa­ter. Even af­ter many months of com­plaints, no one is pay­ing at­ten­tion. It’s very dif­fi­cult for any­one to go through the road by foot or by ve­hi­cle. The threat of dis­eases can­not be ig­nored. Civic of­fi­cials who vis­ited the site have done noth­ing.

Cit­i­zen Re­porter Ru­pesh Pan­chal

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