The two Haryana policemen accused of raping a woman from Rohtak, who subsequently committed suicide, were dismissed from service on Tuesday. Four teams have been constituted to track down dismissed head constable Balraj Singh and constable Seelak Ram, who are absconding, Rohtak Range IG Anil Dabra said. The call records of the two are also being looked into for leads, sources said.
The victim, a resident of Rohtak, had accused the two policemen of raping her on April 10 this year. She consumed poison at the state police headquarters in Panchkula on Monday and later died at the PGI, Chandigarh. She left a suicide note holding the two responsible for her death.
Incidentally, she had appeared in Haryana DGP Ranjiv Dalal’s “open darbar” in Panchkula a week ago, complaining that the Rohtak police were not initiating any action against the accused.
Taking suo moto congnizance of the suicide, the National Commission for Women has demanded severe action against the policemen. Its chairperson Dr Girija Vyas told the Hindustan Times the commission had in separate letters to the chief secretary and DGP called for a detailed report within the next seven days. “We have asked the state government to also fix responsibility on police officers who failed to take action in the matter. Once the report is received, the commission will take further action.”
Haryana Commission for Women chairperson Sushila Sharma termed the police inaction in the case “shameful and unfortunate”.
Political parties have also condemned the incident. The Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, saying he did not deserve to continue in power. The CPI-M expressed shock and anguish over the “horrible” incident of a rape victim ending her life.
Activists of the All India Democratic Women’s Association took out a procession holding banners and shouting slogans against the police.