Rape victim goes missing; 10 days on Bihar police yet to register complaint
Ten days after a rape victim went missing in Katihar, the police are yet to register a case. While the victim’s father alleges that his daughter has been kidnapped, police say she has eloped with her lover. A cop is accused of raping the minor in February. Despite the police lodging an FIR in the rape case, it has not arrested the accused.india Updated: Jun 22, 2017 18:14 IST
Ten days after a minor girl, raped allegedly by a cop, went missing, the Katihar police have not registered a formal complaint, leaving her beleaguered father running from pillar to post.
While the victim’s father believed that his daughter had been kidnapped, the police said the girl had “eloped with her lover”.
The girl, a student of class 10, was raped allegedly by a police constable at Balram village in Katihar district, 300 kms east of Patna, in February. Though the police lodged a case in connection with the minor’s rape, naming a cop as an accused, it was yet to apprehend him. The victim’s father suspected that the accused could have kidnapped his daughter when she went to attend to nature’s call on June 10.
He alleged that the cops were not helping his cause in recovering the girl, as they had not lodged a formal complaint as yet about the girl going missing from June 10.
Asked why the police had not registered the villager’s complaint, station house officer (SHO), Amdabad, Ajeet Kumar, said: “The complainant did not write the application properly. I have asked him to write it afresh.”
Kumar accepted that the rape accused had not been arrested as yet, but said the case was “under investigation”. He, however, hastened to add that the girl had eloped with her lover and the police were trying to locate them.
Efforts by the victim’s father to meet the Katihar superintendent of police (SP) proved futile on Tuesday. “SP saheb’s wasn’t there when I visited his office today. His staff asked me to come on Thursday,” said the villager on Wednesday.
“I am very poor... I still want to educate all my four children, including my daughter, who despite being raped, wrote her Class 10 exams. We are now awaiting her results (on June 22),” he said between sobs.
He also alleged that the accused cop had threatened his daughter that she and her father would be killed if they did not withdraw the case against him.
The police have registered an FIR, naming constable Khushi Lal Mandal of Balrampur village as an accused.
Katihar SP SM Jain could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. The staff on duty who last answered HT’s call on his cellphone said, “SP saheb is busy in a meeting.”