The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) and Uttar Pradesh police have locked horns over the alleged rapes of seven women by cops in Bhatta-Parsaul in May.
More than two weeks after the NCSC asked the police to lodge cases, the latter has refused to oblige. The police said affidavits submitted by the women to the central commission could not be termed "a concrete ground for registration of cases".
With less than a week left for submission of an action taken report to NCSC, the police have asked the women to submit complaints. But the women have refused to do so, saying they don't trust the UP government. The women have also accused the police of threatening them to withdraw allegations.
Meerut inspector general (IG) of police Rajeev Krishna said, "There're no threats. The women have to register complaints. A probe is on."
The women of Bhatta-Parsaul said, "We have told the commission whatever we had to. We have told that to the police here. What more do they want?"
“In case of a cognisable offence like rape, the police are bound to lodge cases. The commission had conducted a proper hearing of the victims and sent a report to the UP police, seeking registration of cases. The police have to act," NCSC chairperson PL Punia said.
"We have again asked the police about the delay and threats," Punia added.
On August 24, three women of Bhatta-Parsaul told a district police team that cops had raped them. The team met them after the NCSC sought registration of FIRs on the basis of affidavits submitted by seven women.
Soon after the clashes between farmers protesting land acquisition and the police in May, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had visited Bhatta-Parsaul and claimed women were raped, kicking off a political storm. The UP government has repeatedly denied the charges.
The National Commission for Women (NCW), which had earlier ruled out rape in Bhatta-Parsaul, has begun a probe after some village women approached the commission, saying policemen were threatening them to withdraw allegations.
Union minister Jitendra Singh Bhanvar on Monday reached the twin villages in Greater Noida and said justice would be done.