Probe rape-tainted cops, court orders
A city court on Thursday ordered the Delhi Police commissioner to conduct a transparent probe into the allegations of a minor girl that six policemen had raped her inside a police station in 2012. HT reports.delhi Updated: Feb 01, 2013 00:22 IST
A city court on Thursday ordered the Delhi Police commissioner to conduct a transparent probe into the allegations of a minor girl that six policemen had raped her inside a police station in 2012.
The court observed that the investigation has gone haywire and not a single accused has been identified.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi said, “The Investigating Officer (IO) has not taken steps to identify the police officers at the police post concerned on the date of the incident.”
According to the FIR, the girl, a native of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, was alleged brought to the city by accused Geeta Lakra and Jawahar Lakra in 2012. She was then handed over to the third accused, Gul Mohammed, who employed her in his office.
The victim escaped from Gul’s office and approached the JPN police under the jurisdiction of IP Estate police station.
There, she was alleged raped by six policemen who gagged her and blindfolded her. The judge said though a rape FIR was registered, none of the accused was chargesheeted for rape.
The case was registered at the behest of a local, who sent the girl to the Child Welfare Commission, and wrote to the police commissioner.
The judge said, “To have investigation directed in right earnest and to rule out any possibility of retrial/reconsideration, this court directs the commissioner of police to inquire into the matter and forward a report to the court.”
Except the policemen, the investigating officer has chargesheeted Geeta and Jawahar for kidnapping and Gul Mohammed for exploiting a child under provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act but they haven’t been charged with rape.
Reacting on the chargesheet, the judge said, “None of the three accused were chargesheeted even though the girl’s medical test confirmed sexual assault… Further investigation needs to be monitored as there is a possibility of the chargesheeted accused turning out to be perpetrators of sexual assault.”