BHOPAL: A toilet in her house would have apparently saved this girl who jumped in front of a running train and got killed while escaping a rape attempt in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh.
The incident was reported from Datia's Tuglan Ka Dera village under Sinawal police station.
Women and girls have no option but to go out in the open to answer nature's call in this toilet-less village, located a few kilometres from district headquarters, sources said.
Her parents told police that she was being stalked by two youths named - Halku Yadav and Sanju Yadav. She had gone near the railway tracks to relieve herself when both of them tried to rape her. To escape, the girl started running on the tracks and got hit by a train. She died on the spot.
Police have registered a case and initiated investigations into the matter. Additional police force was deployed in the area to check a law and order situation. The body was sent for post-mortem.
Lack of proper sanitation facilities in the state has made women, especially minors, vulnerable to sexual assault as they step out of their houses during odd hours. In at least half a dozen cases of rape and molestation reported from different parts of the state recently, the victims fell prey when they had gone to the fields to relieve themselves.
Though official sources refrained to comment on link between lack of proper sanitation facility and cases of rapes, they said there are close to 40 lakh families in the state which do not have access to proper sanitation facility.
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