Fake nurse untraced, FIR to be dropped against rape accused

  • Mohammad Ghazali, Hindustan Times, Mansa
  • Updated: Dec 06, 2014 12:33 IST

The district police claimed to have finally blown the lid off the Delhi nurse rape case and have decided to drop an FIR registered against the two rape accused Lakhwinder Singh and Balwinder Singh. The duo was accused of raping a woman who had claimed to be a nurse working in the Safdarjung hospital in Delhi and was a part of the team that nursed the victim of the gangrape on December 16, 2012 in Munirka, Delhi.

The case hit the headlines in September when a wwoman, claiming to be a resident of New Delhi, alleged that she was gangraped by her acquaintances Lakhwinder Singh and Balwinder Singh in Mansa.

The police had lodged an FIR and arrested both the accused. But the cops smelt a foul play when the woman refused to undergo a medical test to verify her claims. A few days after the incident, the cops claimed that all the claims by the complainant turned had out to be fake. “We doubted her claims when she refused to undergo the medical test. Later, when we went to drop the woman back with her family in Delhi, we got to know that she was neither a resident of Delhi nor was she working as a nurse in any hospital,” said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Bhupinder Singh Khattra.He also added that the investigation now suggested that everything was consensual and it was a dispute of money for which the woman alleged gangrape.

“We always knew that our son is innocent and the whole incident was a conspiracy hatched by our detractors,” said Jarnail Singh, father of Balwinder Singh. It was also found that the family of the accused never received any cooperation from the lawyer, who was fighting their case. “We don’t even know the lawyer by his name.”

But the police could not explain as why the woman was let off after filing a false complaint. One of the investigating officers in the case claimed, on the condition of anonymity, that the woman doesn’t even stay with her parents. “Her parents have disassociated her from their family. I can’t say whether she can be traced for further investigation.”

The accused, who have been languishing in the jail for the last three months and more still have to wait for the court orders for their release.

“We are not sure when the court will give us dates. We have submitted our report and we recommend that the FIR should be dropped. Any action on the woman will only be taken if both the accused lodge another complaint against the woman.”

But the family of the accused doesn’t seem very interested in pursuing the case anymore. “We just want to see our son out of the jail.”

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