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Court dischargesd 'uncles'; victim testimony proves no gang rape occurred

Jasdeep Singh Malhotra , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, February 17, 2013
First Published: 10:39 IST(17/2/2013) | Last Updated: 10:41 IST(17/2/2013)

She was not 'gang raped' after allegedly being abducted from her Mandhalan Chhanna village residence near Shahkot on January 28 night. This revelation was recently made by the minor victim in her statement to the Jalandhar police's special investigation team (SIT), it is learnt.

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Meanwhile, a Nakodar court in Jalandhar on Saturday discharged victim's three 'uncles'- Balwinder Singh, Charanjit Singh and Sher Singh - from the case registered against them under section 376- 2G (gang rape) and 365 (abduction) of the Indian penal code and various sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences act 2012. Victim's father Buta Singh had earlier alleged that the trio had abducted and raped his 14 years old daughter, who moved out of room to answer nature's call.

 “No one forced their entry into my house on January 28. None had abducted, molested or raped me. I did not move out of my house for over a week even before January 28 since I was not keeping well. Dr Bagicha Singh examined me at my residence on January 26, administrated me an injection and gave some medicines to subdue abdomen pain. Similarly, Dr Bakshish Singh examined me on January 30 to suggest medical treatment,” Sources quoted her saying in her testimony before the SIT members, a social worker and a lady doctor at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here.

 “I was not sexually exploited during past over four months,” she reportedly said.

Her medical examination report, accessed by Hindustan Times, also revealed that it was “very unlikely” that sexual assault could be the reason for causing injuries to her uterus. The doctors had removed her uterus to save her life after she was admitted at Guru Nanak dev hospital here in a very critical condition due to excessive bleeding.

During the course of police investigation, victim's father Buta Singh also admitted that he did not hear any alarm or any sounds during alleged abduction of her daughter. “Though I suspect their involvement, but I cannot say with full conviction that these three accused did it. I did not see these accused in the village on January 28,” he said.

Sources said that veracity of gang rape allegations were also come under scanner since victim's family did not disclose the incident to anyone in the village or the visiting doctors or to the police till the Lohian civil hospital doctor informed the police about critical condition of the victim after she visited him for treatment.

Sources further said that villager Bohar Singh, a family friend, also visited Buta Singh at his residence on January 25 and 27 to know about status of the ongoing treatment of the victim. Even Bohar's brother Pippal Singh, a cop, also visited the family on February 5 and 6 and suggested them to take the girl to a private hospital for proper treatment.

When contacted, Jalandhar SP Rajinder Singh remained tightlipped about victim's statement and court's decision to discharge the accused on the basis of police probe. He said that the case was under investigation while detailed medical examination report was still awaited to conclude the investigations.

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