A day after a 17-year-old girl accused five people, including her sister-in-law, of conspiring to gangrape her, the local police have said the preliminary medical examination of the girl has shown no signs of rape.
"Doctors have not found anything to suggest gangrape in the preliminary medical examination of the girl. More clarity will emerge after the medical examination report is submitted," a police official said. The complainant had told the police that she was gangraped in a moving car by two estranged relatives.
"Two men raped me in the moving van, and around half past midnight, left me at the local grain market," she told the police, after allegedly being intercepted while driving home from market on a scooter.
The five accused, all related to the minor, include her sister-in-law.The first-information report (FIR) registered at the city police station names Jaggi, Sandeep, and Ranjit Kaur of Kapurthala among those identified. The motive for the crime is said to be revenge for the family's dispossessing the victim's brother, who is husband of accused Ranjit Kaur.
However, police sources told HT that prima facie it seemed that the complainant had cooked-up the gangrape complaint to take revenge on estranged kin.
"As yet, the police have not found any evidence to back the claim of gangrape. One of the accused she has named, Sandeep, has told us that he was not present in the city when the incident took place. His mobile location also shows that he was not even in Punjab over the past four days and returned only on Saturday," a police department official said, adding that her sister-in-law Ranjit Kaur had also claimed that she had been on bed-rest.
A police department official also added that there was no evidence at the spot from where the victim was reportedly dragged in a car of a struggle having taken place.
Kapurthala SSP Rajinder Singh said a four-member team special investigation team (SIT) comprising the SP, the DSP, the SHO City and SHO Women Cell had been formed to investigate the case.
"An official report detailing the result of the medical examination of the girl will be received by the police department in two days. This will throw light on the actual reality," the SSP added.
Meanwhile, all the identified accused have been arrested and booked under Sections 323 (punishment for causing hurt voluntarily), 427 (mischief causing a petty amount of damage), 366 (abducting a woman to compel her for marriage), 376 (punishment for rape), and 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the IPC; and Sections 4 (punishment for penetrative sexual assault) and 8 (punishment for sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act
at the City Police station, Kapurthala.
An official report detailing the result of the medical examination of the girl will be received by the police department in two days. This will throw light on the facts of the case.
Rajinder Singh, Kapurthala SSP