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City police in dock for not following procedure in a rape case

Jatinder Kohli  Jalandhar, August 29, 2014
First Published: 23:49 IST(29/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:51 IST(29/8/2014)

The Sadar police station of Jalandhar commissionerate police is in the dock for failing to file sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, 2012, in the rape case of a minor girl of Jandiala Manjaki village. It has been 48 hours to the incident.

Further, the Sadar police also did not report the case to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) within 24 hours of lodging the complaint to arrange for the long-term rehabilitation of the victim.

As per provisions under the POSCO Act, the police should add sections of the Act against the accused if rape victims are minors. After registering an FIR, the CWC should also be informed about the victim for her proper care and safety. The police should also inform the district legal service authority to make arrangements for financial assistance to the victim as per the procedure.

However, if the committee does not receive any details of such a case from the police; it can take suo motu notice of media reports and act on them. The committee can also recommend relief funds after getting a report of the case from the police and arrange education and counselling for the victim.

Details gathered from sources in commissionerate police said that in 2012, 17 cases of rape of minor girls were reportedly registered in the city but, surprisingly, none of them were referred to the district child welfare committee as POCSO Act.

On Wednesday night, a 15-year-old minor was allegedly raped in Jandiala Manjaki village of the district by her fellow villager on the pretext of marriage. The Sadar police had registered a case against Mansu and Yousaf of Jandiala and Mirza under Sections 376 (rape), 363 (kidnapping), 366a (procuration of minor girl), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 120b (criminal conspiracy).

Police have arrested an accomplice in this case who was sent to police custody for one day on Friday by local courts.
Poonam Arora, superintendent of observation home and children home and member of CWC said the committee had not received any copy of FIRs from the police about minor rape cases.

Police commissioner Yurinder Singh Hayer said, "I have talked to the assistant commissioner of police (cantonment) in this regard and asked him to do the needful immediately in the case."

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