In a shocking incident, a 33-year-old woman tutor sexually exploited her 14-year-old student at knifepoint for over a year and also made sexually explicit clips with the help of her two brothers.
The Ludhiana Police allegedly failed to act on the complaint for over two months until NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan took up the matter with the National Commission for Child Rights.
The police have now booked the woman, Radha of Sham Nagar, and her two brothers - Raghav and Madhav. The police conducted a raid at their house, but could not lay hands on them.
However, they managed to recover 17 sexually explicit videos from the woman's laptop, which show the woman exploiting the teenager at knifepoint with the help of her brothers.
The police also recovered sedatives, sex toys, knife and some letters addressed to the victim from the spot.
One of the clips also depicts the woman sexually exploiting her own brothers, while her brothers have shot the remaining videos.
In his complaint, the victim's father, also a resident of Sham Nagar, submitted that they lived as tenants in Radha's house, and later his son started taking tuitions from her. He said his son had been complaining of severe stomach pain for several months, but did not reveal anything despite his insistence. One day, his son came home with a pen drive containing the explicit videos, bringing the woman's crime to the fore. The complainant then approached the police.
Dinesh Kumar, activist of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, said despite the severity of the crime, the police failed to act on the complaint.
"Thereafter, the victim's father contacted our NGO's headquarters in Delhi stating that he had filed a complaint with the police commissioner but no action was taken. Therefore, the headquarters forwarded the matter to National Child Rights Commission that directed the police to arrest the accused," Kumar added.
Sukesh Kalia, vice-chairman, National Child Rights Commission, said they had directed the police to investigate whether the woman was selling the explicit videos, and also to ensure that the accused did not escape from the country.
Inspector Dharampal, station house officer (SHO), Division Number 5 police station, said Radha was showing the sexually explicit videos to the victim, when he snatched the pen drive containing the clips and informed his parents.
He added that a case under sections 294 (obscene acts and songs), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (acts done in furtherance of common intention) and sections 3, 4, 5 (L), 14, 15, 16 and 17 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, had been registered.
However, Bachpan Bachao Andolan has demanded that the accused also be booked for creation and transmission of child pornography.
The police have launched a manhunt to arrest the accused.
Victim got threats to remain mum
The letters recovered from Radha's house threatened the victim that she would implicate his father in a rape case if he revealed the matter to anyone, the police said.
Through the letters, she also threatened the victim that she had connections with influential police officials. Hence, the police would not act against her; further warning him that nobody would believe him, as it was always women who were raped, and not men.