Police fight over turf, flout SC order
For 15 hours, a father ran from pillar to post to get justice for his daughter. But all he got was “jurisdiction hassles” while his daughter battled life after facing the trauma of being beaten up and gangraped in West Delhi. Vijaita Singh reports.delhi Updated: Oct 07, 2009 00:25 IST
For 15 hours, a father ran from pillar to post to get justice for his daughter. But all he got was “jurisdiction hassles” while his daughter battled life after facing the trauma of being beaten up and gangraped in West Delhi.
On Monday night, the Delhi Police was busy fighting “jurisdictional war” despite a Supreme Court guideline that a “zero FIR” (irrespective of any jurisdiction) should be registered in rape cases where there is a dispute over jurisdiction.
Prabhakar Singh’s (name changed) 20-year-old daughter was beaten up and raped by at least two men and thrown on the railway tracks in Sultanpuri on Monday night.
“A policeman who was passing by heard my daughter crying. He got his son’s clothes (track suit) for her and gave her some water,” Singh said.
“When I reached there I could not even look at her — she had blood all over. Her eyes badly swollen.”
The incident was reminiscent of the Mayapuri gangrape case where a hearing and speech impaired pregnant woman was picked up by three men and raped in a moving car.
She was later dumped at Keshavpuram in northwest Delhi. Here too the police fought a turf war and did not register an FIR immediately.
In today’s case, the father said he carried his daughter to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital about eight kilometres away on his motorcycle.
“I informed the PCR after reaching the hospital. Some policemen from Sultanpuri police station came and took my statement, as my daughter was unconscious. It was 9.30 pm. No case was registered,” said Singh.
“I contacted the police booth in the hospital on Tuesday. They gave me the number of the Sultanpuri police station who told me the case had been transferred to Nangloi. When I asked the Nangloi cops they said the case belonged to Sultanpuri,” said Singh.
“After haggling with them for two hours, the Nangloi police finally registered a case around 11 am on Tuesday.”
Delhi Police said they have ordered an enquiry into the alleged delay.
“Even if it is half-an-hour delay, we cannot tolerate it. The delay is totally against our policy. This is a serious matter," said Delhi Police chief YS Dadwal.