The two kids staging a dharna for the last 40 days in this Haryana town, demanding release of their father from police custody, were forcibly sent to an orphanage on Thursday night, the police said.
Nitika (8) and Himanshu (7) have been sitting on a protest dharna along with their grandparents outside the Superintendent of Police's office here since July 11. The police officials forcibly picked them from here and sent them to an orphanage at Rai in Sonepat district.
"We have sent the children to Bal Gram (childrens' home) on the orders of district magistrate," said a senior police official here Thursday late evening.
The children were demanding the release of their father Sunil, who was arrested in July for allegedly instigating his wife, a gang rape victim, to commit suicide.
"Our investigations have revealed that Sunil had forced his wife to commit suicide and the couple was having a strained relationship for a long time," the official said.
In 2006, Alka, mother of the two kids, was gang raped by five men in Sonepat district of Haryana. Not getting justice even after three years, Alka and her husband Sunil consumed poison outside the Inspector-General’s house in May 2009.
Alka died within two-hours after consuming poison but Sunil survived in the hospital.
However, after getting a complaint from the deceased's parents, police arrested Sunil for provoking his wife to commit suicide.
But Sunil's family members have been complaining against police action. They accused the police to have arrested Sunil just to hide their inaction to nab the rapists.
"They had forcibly picked Himanshu and Nitika and did not inform us about their whereabouts. We are feeling very insecure," said Sheela, Sunil's sister.
However, the officials denied the allegation and defended their decision to send the kids to an orphanage.
"By sending the kids to bal gram, we have done nothing illegal and we have adhered to the norms of the Juvenile Justice Act," the official said.
He also stated that police have arrested Jatinder, the main accused in the rape case from Panipat district.
Meanwhile, Sunil was produced in a local court here Thursday and his judicial remand was extended till September 3.