New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs.5 lakh to the next of kin of a minor girl strangled to death by a constable last year.
"It is established that a constable attempted to rape the 14-year-old victim, strangulated her and then hanged her from a tree in the premises of the police station in Lakhimpur," said a NHRC official.
Calling it a "grievous violation of human rights", the commission said that a team of doctors colluded with police to give a false report on the cause of death. Two constables attempted to destroy evidence.
"The senior police officers committed dereliction of duty by not taking timely appropriate action," said the official. The incident was reported June 10, 2011.