Khuda Lahora rape: Lab report fails to confirm allegations

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2014 09:29 IST

Coming as a major relief to five Chandigarh Police constables booked on the charges of rape and molesting a minor resident of Khuda Lahora, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) report does not corroborate the allegations.

The CFSL report placed on record before the court suggested that the chemical analysis of the victim’s swabs did not match with the DNA of the accused, to corroborate the allegations of gangrape. The forensic report submitted that no traces of semen were found on the garments of the victim, thereby giving a major blow to the prosecution. The hearing was adjourned to October 1.

The police had got done the DNA profiling of the accused to get medical evidence to support the allegations. Apart from the clothes of the accused and the blanket recovered from the house of the accused, seat covers of police vehicle were also sent for chemical analysis, but all failed to yield any positive result.

The development had come as a major embarrassment for the UT police which had arrested and dismissed five UT police constables — Jagtar Singh (23), Akshay (24), Sunil Kumar (23), Himmat Singh (24) and Anil(25) on December 19, 2013, on the allegations of raping and molesting a minor victim for months.

The victim in the case had already turned hostile and had failed to identify the accused. The victim while retracting from the allegations in statement before the court had admitted to relationship with Akshay, but denied being raped.

The victim even failed to identify other accused Sunil booked on the charges of rape and co-accused — Jagtar, Himmat and Anil — booked on the charges of molesting her.

The victim had said she had relations with Akshay but the entire thing was blown out of proportion by political parties, social workers and women organisations. She had in fact told the court that she had gone to the police station to make a prayer that Akshay should be asked to marry her but different story was cooked up owing to political interference.

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