The family of the seven-year-old rape victim, who was sexually assaulted on October 25 by her neighbour, has claimed that the team investigating the case at the Basti Bawa Khel police station demanded Rs 4,000 from them for producing challan in court.
The accused, Ajaad (20), a resident of Nahla village, was arrested on October 25 night. He took the victim to a secluded place to commit the crime.
Even as the incident took place nearly two months back, the police are yet to file challan against the accused.
The victim’s father, who works as a labourer in a local leather factory, said, “The police called me on phone several times and enquired about the money for filing challan. On Sunday night, two policemen came to our house and demanded money but I expressed my inability to do so and they went back.”
The victim belongs to low-income family which is struggling to fend for themselves.
He further alleged that he also visited the police station regarding this but since he had was unable to pay them for lack of resources.
The victim’s brother said his minor sister was still in trauma as she does not talk much to anyone. She has not been well recently but is attending a local government school.
Moreover, the child welfare committee (CWC) has also failed to provide any help to the victim under the mandatory guidelines of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
Under this, the CWC is authorised to appoint a support person to assist the child during the course of investigation with the consent of the victim or her parents.
Investigation officer Binder Singh refuted allegations of demanding any money from the victim’s family, adding that challan was produced on Monday afternoon in the case.
“The statements of 15 persons, including police personnel and doctors etc, were recorded in this connection. We will ensure 10-year imprisonment to the accused,” he said.
“We have visited the victim’s house to take her father’s signatures on few papers,” he claimed.
Immediately after the incident, the city police had informed the CWC after sending a copy of the first information report (FIR). The CWC had to provide proper care, treatment, protection and rehabilitation to the victim, but to no avail.
The victim, who was admitted to hospital for five days, had to undergo a minor surgery following the incident.