HT Impact| FIR registered in missing rape survivor's case on the day she failed Class 10 exam
The girl, who was allegedly raped by a police constable in February, had gone missing on June 10. The FIR was registered after more than 10 days on Thursday..india Updated: Jun 22, 2017 18:14 IST
Sometime relief and disappointment can come together. The father of a rape survivor, who has been missing since June 10, learnt this the hard way on Thursday.
After running from pillar to post for more than 10 days, the beleaguered father succeeded in registering a missing person’s case. Police in Katihar district, 300 kms east of Patna, registered an FIR after the Hindustan Times on Thursday carried a report: ‘Rape victim goes missing;10 days on, Bihar police yet to register complaint’.
But the relief was short lived. His daughter, who was allegedly raped by a police constable at Balram village of the district, had flunked the Class 10 examination of Bihar board, the results of which were announced on Thursday.
“The Class 10 examinations were held soon after she was raped in February,” the victim’s father told HT over phone. “She was a good student and if the unfortunate incident had not taken place she would have passed in first division,” he added. “My daughter was under trauma and tremendous stress after the incident and was not in a proper frame of mind to take the examination,” he added.
“But I am relieved that my complaint has been registered at Amdabad police station more than 10 days after my daughter went missing,” he said, adding that he was hopeful she would be soon rescued.
“The station house officer (SHO) of Amdabad was a changed man on Thursday. He called me to the police sation, offered me a chair and then registered the FIR,” the father of the missing rape survivor said. He suspected that the police constable, accused of rape, could have kidnapped his daughter.
The police have also intensified the search for the missing girl. “Prima facie, it appears to be a matter of elopement. But we are not leaving anything to chance,” police said. The girl would soon be traced, the police said and added that she could be probably in neighbouring West Bengal.
“We have launched a manhunt to nab the accused constable. Our priority is to recover the girl,” SHO Ajeet Kumar said.
The victim’s father had on Wednesday alleged that the accused cop had threatened his daughter that she and her father would be killed if they did not withdraw the rape case against him.
The police have registered an FIR, naming constable Khushi Lal Mandal of Balrampur village as an accused, but he is yet to be arrested.