The mother of 16-year-old rape victim on Sunday alleged that the family members of 65-year-old businessman Harbans Dhall visited her house in the last few days several times pressuring her to reach a compromise.
The woman, who works as a maid, said, “They (family members of accused) are offering money for a compromise. I want justice for my daughter from courts and police.”
“Not only monitory offer, they said they would give us new home in exchange of case settlement,” she claimed.
She further claimed that they threatened her family with dire consequences if they did not strike compromise.
“I want justice for my daughter and will not budge an inch on that,” she said bursting into tears. She said her daughter and son were the breadwinners of the family since her husband was no more. She accused the city police of not arresting the accused even after nine months have lapsed since. She said it was so because the accused belonged to a political party.
“I informed ADCP (headquarters) Naveen Singla on Monday about pressure tactics being adopted by the relatives’ accused,” she said.
With just four days to go for the next hearing in the case, the accused are afraid of being declared as proclaimed offenders (POs). The commissionerate police have set May 15 for filing application in court to declare them as proclaimed offenders. Naveen Singla was unavailable for comments despite HT tried to contact him.
The 16-year-old victim was working at businessman Dhall’s house as a maid for the past three years on a monthly salary of Rs 1,500.
On September 25 last year, the victim in her complaint to the police said that Dhall allegedly raped her several times when he was alone at home and threatened her with dire consequences if she told others of this. On September 15, Dhall’s wife and daughter-in-law allegedly came to the victim’s house and took her to a private hospital where doctors found that the girl to be pregnant.
She was forced her to undergo an abortion. A case was registered against Harbans Dhall, his wife and daughter in-law and Dr Amrit Kaur under various sections of the Indian Penal Code on September 25.