The 16-year-old girl who alleged sexual assault by a group of men in Connaught Place has not been able to give any substantial information about the sequence of events that led to the incident, making it difficult for Delhi Police officers to verify her allegations.
As many as five teams have been formed to investigate the sensational crime that took place a few days before the first anniversary of the December 16 gang rape last year that sparked nationwide protests.
The victim has told the police that she fled her native home at Gorapura village at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh after a fight with her father and step-mother. But when a team from Delhi’s Barakhamba police station reached Gorakhpur to search for her family, their counterparts in Gorakhpur claimed that no such village existed in the district.
“Though we registered a case under sections dealing with gang rape and sexual assault, it will be difficult for us to justify the charges in the court as the girl has been refusing to undergo a medical examination. Till she co-operates with us by giving the precise information about the crime, we will not be able to identify her perpetrators,” a senior investigating officer said.
The girl in one of her statements, which was taken into account for registration of the FIR, told the police that she was roaming in the outer circle of Connaught Place when a group of four-five men met her. One of them identified himself as Deepak, a driver, and promised her to get her a job and a place to stay.
Police said they took her to an isolated place in a lane behind Scindia House and took turns to rape her. They threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the crime.
In her other statement, the girl alleged that she was gang-raped at a railway station in Delhi where she had arrived from Gorakhpur in a train on Sunday morning.
“She has not been able to identify the place where the crime took place. She is disoriented and incoherent. It would be wrong to say she is mentally unstable. During a check-up, the doctors did not find any external injury mark on her body,” the officer said.
Investigators are preparing a list of private drivers and local ruffians working or staying near Connaught Place. The photographs of some of them have been shown to the girl. But she has not been able to identify any of the culprits, the officer added.