Three days after the station house officer (SHO) of the Uttam Nagar police station was suspended over allegations of asking a 13-year-old gang-rape victim to strip, a vigilance enquiry has been ordered into the matter.
Even as the girl and her family on Saturday maintained that the SHO asked her to strip and prove that she was gang-raped by four men, a preliminary probe has found that the complaint against the SHO was made 18 days after the incident.
Sources in the vigilance department said the investigators have found discrepancies in the girl’s statements which she gave before a female counsellor from an NGO and the police separately.
Senior police officers assured that the SHO will face strict action if the vigilance inquiry finds him guilty. They claimed that a case of gang-rape was registered within hours after the girl’s complaint and three people, including a woman, were arrested.
Meanwhile, Magdleen Marin, the counsellor from NGO Southwest Delhi Women Association, who talked to girl at the police station, told HT that the allegations were baseless. “The allegations levelled by the girl and her family are false. The SHO was not present at the police station when I reached there to counsel the girl. I was the first to hear her statement but she did not tell me that the SHO had threatened her or forced/asked her to strip.”
“I was shocked when I came to know about their allegations yesterday (Friday). There were three women investigating officers and a woman from another NGO with the SHO when I brought the girl to his office after counselling. The mother and aunt of the girl were also present in the room when I suggested the SHO to send her for the medical examination and present her before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC),” added Marlin.
In her complaint to the police, the girl had said that on September 12 she was returning home after delivering lunch to her sister at her school when her neighbour Sheila lured her to her house.
Then Sheila’s mother called up somebody over phone and after some time four men arrived there in a white car.
“Sheila and the four men took me in their car on the pretext of visiting a temple. Shiela offered me cold drink laced with sedatives and I fell unconscious after drinking it.
They took me to a flat near Dwarka Mor and the four men took turns to rape me. They beat me up when I resisted. They threatened to kill me and my family and later dropped me outside my home,” the girl said in her complaint.
On September 14, the girl claimed that when she went to the Uttam Nagar police station with her mother and aunt, the SHO forced her to strip in front of her mother and aunt to “prove that she was gang-raped”.