Written byAnjana Raghav
A teenage girl died today while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Baramati in Pune district, days after she allegedly attempted suicide over sexual harassment, the police said.
The 16-year-old girl had allegedly consumed a poisonous substance at her residence in Songaon village on August 11, a Baramati police official said.
The girl was a student of Class 11 in a junior college.
The girl had complained to her family members about the frequent sexual harassment, the official said.
"The youth used to harass her when she used to walk down to her college in the village. The brother of the girl had reprimanded the youth and warned him against repeating his act. However, the youth continued to harass the girl," the official said.
Police are trying to ascertain the exact age of the youth.
The official claimed the family members of the girl didn't approach the police in the past.
Citing a complaint filed by the kin of the deceased, the official said that prima facie the girl took the extreme step, as she was unable to cope with the sexual harassment.
"She allegedly drank a chemical meant for tick control in cattle on August 11. She was taken to hospital (in Baramati). She died today during treatment," the official said.
Police have registered a case against the youth under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the POCSO Act.
No arrest is made yet, he said.
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