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    The girl, whose name is not disclosed as per India’s legal norms for sexual victims, reportedly told the police that she was raped by two men in 2017 who were arrested by the police but later got in touch with her parents and lured them with money to convince the girl to withdraw her complaint.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — An 18-year girl in India has pressed charges against her parents for allegedly trying to arrive at a compromise with her rapists in exchange for money.  

    Women's organizations working for gender parity and women's safety say the incidence of the girl reporting against her parents for being lenient towards her perpetrators is a big encouragement for other victims.

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    "I think this is the first case in India where the daughter is speaking against the parents and seeking punishment for the accused rather than standing with the family for a possible compromise. This sends a strong signal to those who think legal system can be managed with their money and muscle power," Asha Singh Sikarwar, women's rights activist and member of a district-level women protection committee in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh told Sputnik.

    According to the Times of India, the girl was kidnapped, raped and dumped at an isolated location in 2017. She lodged a complaint with the police and got the two accused arrested. But one of them managed to contact her parents and offered them money to convince the girl into withdrawing the case.

    "One of them (accused), out on interim bail, approached the girl's parents and offered them Rs 20 lakh (approximately $30,000) if they could convince their daughter to change her statement and withdraw the case. Since they come from a very humble background, they readily agreed," English daily Times of India reported.

    "I completely refused taking back the case, but my parents didn't back out either. They kept trying to convince me and I stuck to my stand. The next morning they thrashed me and blackmailed me, saying that they were poor and needed that money," the girl said in her complaint to the police according to the Times of India.

    The Delhi police have arrested the plaintiff's mother while the father is absconding, according to news reports.

    Meanwhile, support is pouring in from across the country for the courage and tenacity of the plaintiff and victim who wants her parents to be punished for aiding the accused.

    There are also questions being raised against the judiciary.

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    The incident has come to the forefront at a time when protests are raging across the country against recent cases of rape and murder, including that of an eight-year-old girl. The rape of the minor in the northern states of Jammu and Kashmir and from Uttar Pradesh brought together thousands of people to the heart of national capital Delhi over the weekend protesting against the allegedly offhanded approach of the administration. The more recent cases of rapes from other parts of India, including the western state of Gujarat, have added fuel to fire.

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