Rape bid on Ghaziabad minor: Medical staff in dock for turning victim away
The victim’s medical exam was finally conducted two days after the incidentnoida Updated: Jun 22, 2017 23:23 IST
Two days after the district magistrate had ordered a magisterial inquiry into alleged laxity of medical staff and police officials in connection with an alleged rape bid on a two-year-old girl, the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) finalised the inquiry report.
Modi Nagar SDM Atul Kumar has forwarded his report to district magistrate Ministhy S who will direct action against the medical staff who allegedly denied the victim a medical examination, leading to loss of crucial evidence in the case.
“There has been negligence on part of the staff of the community health centre (at Modi Nagar) who initially denied the victim a medical examination, citing non availability of the doctor. They should not have done so,” Kumar said.
“On the part of the police, we sought case documents and found that they had initially lodged the case under sections of molestation. After going through the complaint, we found that it did not clearly the mention rape incident. The officer in charge later went for the statement of the victim’s mother who narrated the incident in detail. Immediately, sections of rape and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act were added to the investigation,” Kumar added.
The incident took place on June 15 in Modi Nagar when a relative of a co-tenant allegedly attempted to rape the minor girl on finding her alone in the house. After a lot of efforts, her medical examination was finally conducted at 9am on June 17.
The SDM said that the inquiry report was finalised and sent to the DM who will direct for action.
“I will recommend departmental action against the medical staff for their laxity in dealing with a sensitive case related to crime against children. On the part of police, a warning will be issued. I will also be writing to their senior officers to initiate training of officers in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Pocso Act. It is observed that a number of policemen still lack deep knowledge about the legal provisions that deal with such cases,” DM said.
Recently, Sulkhan Singh, Uttar Pradesh director general of police, had directed police officers to empathise with victims and register their FIRs without any hesitation.