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Charges framed against five dismissed cops

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 06, 2014
First Published: 16:53 IST(6/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:39 IST(6/3/2014)

Dismissed UT police cops - Sunil and Akshay, will be tried for the rape of a minor resident of Khuda Lahora. The three co-accused Jagtar Singh, Himmat Singh and Anil will face trial for molesting the minor schoolgirl for months.

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Additional district and sessions judge, Anshu Shukla, presiding over the special court for crime against women, on Thursday, framed charges against the accused and adjourned the case to March 13, when the trial is likely to commence.

On December 19, the UT Police had arrested and dismissed five constables Akshay, Sunil, Jagtar, Himmat Singh and Anil.

In her complaint, the victim had accused Sunil and Akshay of raping her. She had accused the remaining three of molesting her and even blackmailing her.
 
ACCUSED
Akshay Kumar and Sunil Kumar

CHARGES
376 (ii) (a police officer commiting rape in the premises of any station house whether or not situated in the police station to which he is appointed)
120 (conspiracy)
341(wrongful restraint)
354 A (sexual harassment) 
and 354 D (stalking) of the IPC along with booking them under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
 
Jagtar Singh, Himmat Singh and Anil
Charged with 120 (conspiracy), 341(wrongful restraint), 354 A (sexual harassment) and 354 D (stalking) of IPC along with booking them under protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) act.
 
What they face
Under Section 376 (ii) of IPC, the accused could be sentenced to a minimum imprisonment of 10 years, while the maximum punishment that can be awarded to the accused is life term.
 
THE CHARGESHEET
o         Police have alleged Akshay and Sunil, had raped the minor resident of Khuda Lahora, while the three other co-accused - Jagtar Singh, Himmat Singh and Anil, had molested the minor school girl for months together.
o         Victim was administered emergency contraceptive pills
o         The challan accompanies statement of victim wherein she had accused Akshay and Sunil of raping her while other three accused used to follow me and molest her.
o         CFSL report still awaited, medical report confirms repeated sexual assault
o         The challan includes school attendance record of the victim as well as the call details of accused as well as victim
o         Shop-owner, cousin and victim's mother among 33 witnesses
o         Numerous calls exchanged between victim and accused
 
Court to get female public prosecutor 

Considering the sensitivity of the case, a female public prosecutor would be appointed to the special court for crime against women. Sources said that the notification designating a special court for crime against women had specified that a lady public prosecutor be appointed to the court.

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