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Delayed by the red tape

Rimpa Halder went missing on February 8, 2005, but a police complaint was lodged at the Sector-20 police station only on July 20, 2005, reports Peeyush Khandelwal.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2009 00:08 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

Rimpa Halder went missing on February 8, 2005, but a police complaint was lodged at the Sector-20 police station only on July 20, 2005. On many occasions, the case got buried under the files and it took an effective tool like the Right To Information Act to bring it back to life.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) in their August 24, 2005, inquiry report (submitted to the SSP, Noida, on November 9, 2005) mentioned that six girls were missing from Nithari. Later, Uttar Pradesh DGP, in his reply to a notice served on him on January 2, 2007, by the NCW, said five girls were missing. The DGP’s letter dated January 11, 2007, did not mention Rimpa Halder’s name among the missing girls.

However, when Commodore (Retd.) Lokesh Batra, an RTI activist, filed an application on January 4, 2007, he received certain documents, which acknowledged the missing girl was Rimpa Halder.

On a complaint by victim’s parents in May 2006, the NCW made an enquiry from UP DGP through a letter on June 6, 2006.

In response, the police wrote back on August 28, 2006, referring to a letter sent to her father by Rimpa, which said she was living a happily married life in Nepal.

Rimpa’s father reportedly said this to the investigating officer.

A letter written by the Meerut police in September 2006 in response to a query from the Prime Minister’s Office on May 25, 2006, also says the same thing.