Child rights panel summons cops for not registering rape case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 30, 2014 14:28 IST

Taking strong note of police officials violating the norms of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act and not registering a rape case against Dharminder, 18, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, who was reportedly in a live-in relationship with a 16-year-old girl, the Commission for Protection of Child Rights has summoned the cops.

The station house officer (SHO) of the Sector 11 police station has been summoned to appear before the commission on June 2.

Confirming the development, secretary of the commission Rajesh Jogpal said the cops had been asked to explain why legal action should not be initiated against them.

A child protection officer on May 27 had directed the police to register a rape case against the accused. The officer, along with the victim, had also gone to the Sector 26 police station for getting the case registered on May 28.

Jogpal said the police not only refused to register the case, but also stigmatised the victim. The cops interacted with the victim in uniform, which was in violation of the POCSO and Juvenile Justice Acts.

Both Acts laid stress on ensuring that the procedures adopted should be child-friendly to minimise the trauma of child victims and also to eliminate the possibility of re-victimisation at the time of trial.

The rule 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act and section 24 of the POCSO Act provide that a police officer while dealing with children should not wear uniform.

“It is gross violation of nor ms and we do not expect our law enforcement agency not following the rules, ” added Jogpal.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh police booked Dharminder under preventive arrest for allegedly demanding dowry from a minor girl, on Wednesday.

The victim was staying with Dharminder for the past two years at Bapu Dham, without entering into wedlock. They were also parents of a 10-month old girl. The teenager had given birth to a girl when she was just 15-year-old.

DSP (east) Anjitha Chepyala said, “The minor girl had given a formal complaint that she was being harassed by Dharminder and his parents for dowry.

The minor girl was turned out by her own parents and had no place to live.”

The matter was referred to UT social welfare department, which sent the teenager, along with her baby, to Mother Teresa home in Sector 23.

Dharminder and the teenager had met about two years back through a common friend. The girl was studying at a government school and Dharminder was studying at St John’s High School in Sector 26 at that time. Dharminder’s father is a vegetable vendor.

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