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Sibling abuse case: Cops suspended

Delhi Police has finally been brought to book for allegedly hounding the already traumatised siblings who were sexually abused and their widowed mother into submission just because the perpetrators of their horrific abuse belong to affluent families.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2010 01:10 IST
HT Correspondent

Delhi Police has finally been brought to book for allegedly hounding the already traumatised siblings who were sexually abused and their widowed mother into submission just because the perpetrators of their horrific abuse belong to affluent families.

On Sunday evening, the Station House Officer (SHO) of the Prasad Nagar Police Station and the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case were suspended for their shoddy handling of the case and for attempting to pressurise 32-year-old Rajkumari into taking back her complaint.

"Taking cognizance of a complaint filed by the neighbour of the hapless family and after sufficient enquiry into the matter, Delhi Police Commissioner YS Dadwal has ordered the suspension of both Inspector Arvind Kumar as well as ASI Balbir Singh," N Dilip Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) said.

While Kumar was deputed as the SHO of the Prasad Nagar Police Station, Singh was the IO of the horrific case that was reported on September 18 by Hindustan Times.

On September 28, Hindustan Times had reported on the Prasad Nagar Police's alleged hounding of the 32-year-old neighbour of the abused siblings.

Bereft of any alternative, the neighbour had run away from his residence after being forced to sign a statement saying that the siblings' mother was a characterless woman and was having an affair with a young neighbour whom she treated as her own son.

"I had gone to the Delhi Police Headquarters on the next day and submitted all these details in writing at Police Commssioner Dadwal's office. I had been assured that action would be taken against the said officers. Now that it has, it has reinstated my faith in the Delhi Police," said the neighbour.

In successive stories on the plight of the sodomised children and those associated with the incident, Hindustan Times has relentlessly followed the case since September 18.

Victims of horrific abuse at the hands of their 38-year-old school cab driver Lalit Ratawal and four teenagers, the three siblings residing at Prasad Nagar had been drugged and systematically abused for over a period of 18 months at one of the homes of one of their tormentors.