More than four-and-a-half-months after a case was registered against 65-year-old businessman Harbans Dhall for allegedly raping his 16-year-old maid, the city police have failed to make any headway in the investigation, as they claim that the accused has been absconding since then.
The police have now planned to take the help of technology to nab the accused and others named in the case. The city police's earlier theories of tracing the accused have not yielded any positive result.
Struggling to find headway in the case since the registration of the rape case, this will be the first time that the police would investigate the case by looking mobile phone location and call records besides using other surveillance methods. Sources said deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rahul S held a meeting with assistant commissioner of police (west) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu and other officials a few days back over the police failure in tracing those booked in this case.
The police added that they would now keep an eye on the call records of the persons, who might be in contact with the accused. Sources said not only the police have failed to nab the accused, they have also failed to arrange the pictures of those booked in the case.
Further, the police have been under pressure from a senior leader of the state government due to which they have not acted in the case.
When contacted, DCP Rahul S said instructions have been given to the ACP to use technology in this case. He expressed hope that the accused would be arrested soon.
FIR registered on Sept 25
The 16-year-old victim was working at the businessman's house as a maid for three years and was getting `1,500 per month as salary. In the FIR registered on September 25, 2013, the victim complained that Dhall had allegedly raped her several times when he used to be alone at home in the past few months and threatened her with dire consequences if she raised an alarm or told anyone.
She claimed that in the first week of September, her health started deteriorating and as there was no improvement in her condition even after medical treatment, her mother informed Dhalls that the girl would not come to work anymore due to her ill-health. However, on September 15, Dhall's wife and daughter in-law came to the girl's house and took her to a private hospital near Ravidass Chowk. At the hospital, Dr Amrit Kaur found that the girl was pregnant and forced her to undergo an abortion.
As the revelation in the case came out, a case was registered against Harbans Dhall, his wife and daughter-in-law and Dr Amrit Kaur under various sections of the IPC on September 25.