Minor rape victim springs back; learns self defence

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2014 13:07 IST

She is beginning to live and trust again. Nearly six months after being allegedly raped and sexually harassed by five Chandigarh police constables, the Khuda Lahora resident went back to the police. This time not with a grievance, but to protect herself by joining a self defence course, organised by the Chandigarh police.

The course was organised as a part of its initiative to teach women the art of defending themselves in case of an attack on their honour. The teenager, who had said that the very sight of cops or a Police Control Room (PCR) vehicle scared her, resorted to the same department to embolden herself. Being the part of the course’s first batch that concluded on Friday, the rape victim stood confident when she received her cer tificate. Overcoming her fear, the victim underwent the 15-day-course of self defence. “I wanted to do the course to become self dependent and be ready to counter any kind of adversity. I have learnt the lessons of my life,” said the brave heart. She added: “The initiative by Chandigarh police is good one and all girls should learn the art of self denfence. These days it is not easy for a girl to even walk a few metres alone on the road.”

The 17-year-old girl, a resident of Khuda Lahora, had alleged rape and sexual harassment by five Chandigarh police constables in December 2013.

The matter had came to light reportedly after the victim’s sister noticed her trying to commit suicide at her residence in Khuda Lahora after the incident. When she finally told her family that the cops had been raping her over the past two months, a cousin accompanied her to the Sector-17 police station.

The victim after alleging rape had turned hostile in the court. On April 29, additional district and sessions judge presiding over the special court for crime against women, Anshu Shukla, had disposed of the application for re-recording the statement moved by the victim, after she failed to appear before the court.

The victim, after turning hostile, had submitted an application before the court making prayer for recording her ‘correct statement.’

All five accused constables, Jagtar Singh, 23, Akshay, 24, Sunil Kumar, 23, Himmat Singh, 24, and Anil, 25, were arrested and dismissed from service on December 19, 2013, on the allegations of raping and molesting the victim for months.

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