A day after the district police claimed that a one-year-old reported victim of rape had actually suffered no unnatural sex, the NGO pursuing the matter raised doubts over the cops' version and demanded orders for re-investigation in a letter to the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday.
It demanded a medical examination of the girl by a panel of doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
Chairman of the Karnal-based organisation, the National Integrated Forum of Activists and Artists (NIFAA), Pritpal Singh Pannu said that he had met the family at their slum dwelling in Sector 7 here and video-recorded their statement that the girl was victimised by a teenaged boy from a neighbouring hutment about a month ago. "The boy was caught red-handed and thrashed by people of the locality; but he ran away. Later, the parents approached the local police who pressurised them to strike a compromise," Pannu claimed.
The girl received severe injuries but doctors at a leading charitable hospital and the civil hospital did not attend to her, Pannu alleged in his letter. A doctor in Sector 6 finally treated her.
Pannu said that he gave a written complaint to superintendent of police Shashank Anand on October 20, but the police hushed up the matter. "A team comprising the executive magistrate and a deputy superintendent of police reached the victim's hutment where the poor parents, who were allegedly threatened, said that they did not want to pursue the matter."
"Within five hours of the complaint, the police decided to close the matter. In fact, I had requested the SP to counsel the aggrieved parents before recording their statement. But the team of magistrate and DSP did not find it to fit to record my statement or to watch the video in which the family tells its story," he said.
In his appeal, Pannu urged the chief justice to get the matter re-investigated and record statements of some local people and the doctor who treated the girl.
The official spokesman of the district police, however, insisted that the family had denied that their daughter was sexually assaulted and the parents were against any investigation in the case.