Badshahpur Rape case: Key witness detracted from statement

  • HT Correspondent/Vishal, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2014 23:00 IST

The ongoing trial of the infamous Badshahpur rape case took a new turn with the deceased 18-year-old rape victim's brother-in-law Gursharan Singh Maran deviated from his original statement recorded in the FIR. During the recording of statement in the court of the additional district and sessions judge Jatinder Kaur, Maran deviated from his earlier statement given to the police.

As the police failed to lodge an FIR for about fortnight, the victim, before committing suicide, had taken her brother-in-law Maran to the crime site and narrated the entire episode, which Maran repeated to the police in an FIR registered much later.

The cross examination of witness will take place on Friday and if he further detracted from his statement, the prosecution agency would request the court to declare him hostile, said public prosecutor Sanjiv Batra.

It may be recalled that the Badshahpur rape case spurred a controversy as the victim committed suicide in December 2012 by consuming poison as the police failed to register an FIR in the case and forced her to reach a compromise.

As news spread, the accused were arrested and three police officers were sacked for their inaction. The suicide note left behind by the victim named the rapists besides accusing the three cops of repeatedly calling her to the police station to ask her "uncomfortable" questions.

Balwinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh (alias Aman) of the neighbouring Baras village and Sandeep Singh were charged with abducting and raping the victim. They allegedly drugged and raped her many times in a room at a farm tube well owned by Sandeep Singh in the nearby Brahman Majra village before throwing the unconscious victim near the gurdwara of her village.

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