The Delhi High Court on Thursday slammed the police for its failure to protect people from ‘honour’ killings in the capital, saying that they “connive” with the families for money.
“You can search the entire city if your boss’ dog is lost but you can’t provide protection to people. This is what you are,” the court said.
The observation was made in an apparent reference to an incident involving a Delhi police commissioner’s dog going missing in March 2008 and massive hunt launched by the police.
Vacation judge Justice S.N. Dhingra also came down heavily on the police for converting matters relating to girl’s elopement into rape cases to send the boy behind bars.
“Your police are party to all cases of honour killings. You connive with parents and turn your face the other side. You send boys behind bars on rape charges and allow the parents to kill their daughter,” the court said.
The court passed the observation when Delhi High Court Legal Services Aid Authority pointed out a recent case in which a man was sent to jail for eloping with a girl. Her parents had lodged a rape case against the man.
The court pulled up the police for its role in the case and directed it to produce the youth before it to decide the fate of the couple.