Friend fears for life, police harassment
A day after he tried to defend the honour of his childhood friend, Ravi Kumar, 18, fears for his life and harassment from the local police. Jatin Anand reports.delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2010 01:36 IST
A day after he tried to defend the honour of his childhood friend, Ravi Kumar, 18, fears for his life and harassment from the local police.
Ravi, who was accompanying the 18-year-old woman who was abducted and raped in a moving car by four men on Saturday night, was completely ignored by the local police after he made the first attempt to intimate them about the crime in progress.
"He is good friends with the girl because we are neighbours. He was accompanying her when the men abused her. He tried to intervene and help her when the men were pulling her inside. But he could not," said Ravi's father, who refused to identify himself fearing harassment by the local police.
He said Ravi, a weaver by profession, was snubbed when he made the first PCR call at 10.24 pm. Ravi made the second call at 11.05 pm, more than half an hour after the victim had been abducted, time that could have been utilised to track down the accused and even prevent the crime.
"Ravi was terrified after he made the first call and no one came to their rescue. He kept running from here to there in an attempt to find out whether anyone remembered the vehicle number because, he said, the PCR was asking whether he had been able to make a note of it," said his father.
By their own admission, the police "swung into action" only after Ravi provided them the vehicle number after procuring the information from a local tent owner.
"Ravi is not at home and is not likely to return soon. We don't want any trouble from the local police. He was just doing what any other friend would do," added the father.