Ghaziabad: A five-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and abandoned in Kheda village in Hapur in the wee hours on Saturday, police said adding that at least four suspects have been detained in the connection.
A Dalit family was sleeping outside their house. At around 1:30 am, they found the girl was missing as they got up to go inside after it started raining, SP Alankrita Singh said.
The family started looking for her and found her unconscious and naked near a tubewell in a forest near the house, she said.
Angered by the incident, villagers, demanding the arrest of the accused, protested against the deteriorating law-and-order situation in the state and blocked the NH-24.
Senior police officials reached the spot and cleared the highway for traffic after assuring the villagers of action against the accused.
It is to be noted that even days after the brutal gang-rape of mother-daughter duo in Bulandshahr and after much assurance from the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the state government's helpline number for women - 1090 is still not working, according to a report in News18.