They were drugged, sodomised and forced to indulge in incest for over a year. But instead of swinging into action immediately, the police refused to even acknowledge the case.
"I had rushed to the local police station immediately after the victims' mother Rajkumari (name changed) told me about the incident last evening. It was around 10 p.m. when I managed to meet the station house officer after waiting for half an hour,” said the neighbour who blew the whistle on the crime.
"They said that if it had been going on unchecked for a year, what difference would another day make? I was told to come in the morning but with a rider — that I would be entertained only if I brought the children with me,” he said.
The next day he returned with the children. The complainants were assigned an investigating officer who took an hour before taking the children for a medical examination.
"While the 12-year-old girl was taken to the Lady Hardinge Hospital, her brothers were taken to Kalavati hospital for medical examination. While Rajkumari stayed with her daughter, the boys were left with the officers. I tried to stay in touch with both of them through phone but would occasionally hear the officers screaming at the boys to get off the phone," he said. He was asked to wait outside the Prasad Nagar Police Station.
“A case can only be registered after preliminary investigation is complete,” said Jaspal Singh, DCP (central).