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Karnal home: 'Raped' a year ago, cops struggle to gather evidence

A day after three minors alleged sexual abuse by a former official of Karnal's Apna Ghar in their statements recorded at a local court, police are in a fix to corroborate the crime that took place more than a year ago. Former general secretary of the shelter home, Manav Dass is in the police custody in the rape case.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 09, 2012 21:25 IST
Vishal Joshi

A day after three minors alleged sexual abuse by a former official of Karnal's Apna Ghar in their statements recorded at a local court, police are in a fix to corroborate the crime that took place more than a year ago. Former general secretary of the shelter home, Manav Dass is in the police custody in the rape case.


"In their court statements, one of the victims blamed Manav for raping her, while other two alleged that he had molested them last year," superintendent of police Shashank Anand confirmed here on Thursday.

The three sisters were shifted to Shradhha Nand orphanage in August 2011 and as per the complaint of the victims' father, the girls were abused last year. The SP said medical reports of two minors indicated sexual intercourse, but admitted that it was a challenging task for investigators to gather more evidences as the crime took place around a year ago.

Doctors, who did not wish to be identified, said: "While the medical reports stated that possibility of sexual intercourse cannot be ruled out, it is not possible to associate the medical condition with the crime that took almost a year ago."

"The normal evidences in rape cases such as semen stains, hymen rupture and other related injury marks cannot be medically confirmed after such a long time. Police will have to work hard for more conclusive evidence in this case," said a doctor at Civil Hospital.

Last week, the Hindustan Times had quoted deputy commissioner Renu S Phulia stating that Manav was blamed by girls' father in August 2011 for exploiting his daughters. "Medical examination of all three girls was done at Civil Hospital in August last year, but nothing of this sort was reported then. Later, the girls were shifted from Apna Ghar to another shelter home in the district where they are still residing," the deputy commissioner had said.

It has not been confirmed whether the police got possession of the girls' reports of medical examination conducted last year.