Close on the heels of the police refusing to register the abduction case of a migrant girl in Chhapian Wali village, their counterparts at another village declined to file the complaint of the parents of a 14-year-old girl, who was allegedly abducted and gangraped.
Although the case was finally registered on Saturday after the media's intervention, precious time was lost, allowing the culprits to flee.
The girl was allegedly kidnapped on the night of October 14 when she went outside home for some work. Her house is located on the outskirts of Bhagta Bhai Ka village here. She said seven persons - Mani, Gurjit, Kala, Deepa, Mithu and Raju - of the village abducted her, forcefully made her consume opium and liquor and then raped her in a room near a field. They allegedly filmed the act and even beat her and cut her hair afterwards before letting her go.
At that time the girl's father was away from home on work. When he returned home in the weekend, the girl's mother narrated the incident to him and they approached the village police station to lodge a complaint on Friday. However, the police did not accept their complaint.
As the girl had injuries on her body, her parents took her to the civil hospital. It was only after the intervention of the media that Bathinda senior superintendent of police learnt of the case. He told the Rampura police to take the victim's statement. Finally, her statement was recorded at the hospital.
"The accused have been threatening us not to go to the police," the girl's father said. "They said they can influence the police and that our complaint will not be recorded, so we should keep quiet."
Police have booked the seven persons and a search is on to arrest them.
Earlier, the parents of a girl from Chhapian Wali village had gone to report her abduction, but was turned away. Later the station house officer of Kabarawali police station was suspended for negligence in this regard and the case registered.