New Delhi, Apr 17: An 18-year-old girl has lodged a complaint against her parents, who allegedly took a bribe from one of her rapists to settle the case. The parents physically tortured their daughter and forced her to withdraw her statement against her two rapists in court. According to the girl, she was raped by two men in 2017, after which the accused were arrested.

“They had kidnapped me after which they raped me and left me at an abandoned spot,” the girl had told police. One of the accused, Sunil Shahi, approached her parents on April 8 after walking out of jail on bail, the girl said. The accused offered her parents Rs 20 lakh if they could convince her to change her statement and withdraw the case.

The couple readily agreed and asked for advance money so that they could start working on convincing the girl. After hearing the entire conversation between Shahi and her parents, she went up to them to ask for justification. Instead, they tried to convince her to withdraw her statement in court against the accused.

“I completely denied 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 reportedly said in her complaint.

She further said that someone came to their house to hand them Rs 5 lakh as advance money. Her parents hid the money and left for court. The girl then pulled out the bag containing the cash and arrived at Aman Vihar police station to lodge a complaint against her parents.

A case under IPC Sections 195 (A) (threatening any person to give false evidence), 506 (threatening any person to give false evidence) and 120 (B) (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act has been registered. Cops have arrested her mother, while the father has been absconding.

Police have launched a manhunt to arrest the accused and a team was formed to investigate the matter.