Submit report by 14 August, DCW orders Delhi police on rape of 3 school girls
Asked about the DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal’s notice seeking immediate action on a rape complaint, deputy commissioner of police (south) Benita Mary Jaiker said that it is a communication between DCW and police. “Media has nothing to do with that,” she said
NEW DELHI: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Thursday asked the Delhi police to submit a complete report by August 14 on the action taken on a rape complaint by three girls studying in a Delhi government school.
In her letter to the Delhi police, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal sought a copy of the first information report (FIR), details of the accused person arrested or absconding and steps taken to apprehend the accused.
The commission also asked police to confirm that the three minor girls were produced before the child welfare committee (CWC) as required by law, and a copy of the order issued by the committee.
When contacted, deputy commissioner of police (south) Benita Mary Jaiker said that on August 6, a Masjid Moth resident told personnel at Defence Colony police station that his daughter was supposed to go to school around 7.30am in her school van, but never did. “The complainant said that at around 2pm, the driver of the school van informed that his daughter did not go to school by the van. After that, they realised that his daughter and two of her classmates were missing from school. On basis of the statement, a case under Section 363 of the Indian Penal Code was registered and investigation was taken up,” she said.
She added that during the course of investigation, the parents and classmates of the missing girls were questioned and CCTV footage of the area was examined. “We located the girls in Karol Bagh area. They told police that a man took them to a house in the Rohini area where they were sexually assaulted. A police team went to Rohini and reached the house the missing girls were held after being abducted. We arrested one Bangali Lal Sharma, 45, at the house. After an investigation, we found that he ran a syndicate of selling girls along with one Ruksana, 40,” she said.
The DCP also said according to the girls’ statement, Sharma, along with another man identified as one Prakash alias Sanjay alias Minto had taken the girls to the Rohini house and given them drinks laced with sedatives. “According to Sharma, Minto sexually assaulted the girls. On August 8, the girls managed to run away while Minto was allegedly trying to take them to Chandigarh to sell them. They managed to escape and reached Karol Bagh by auto. So far, four persons – including Sharma, Sandeep alias Shanky (36), Ruksana and Jyoti (19) – have been arrested in connection with the case, while Minto is still at large. Shanky helped transport the girls from one place to another,” Jaiker said.
She also said that during investigation, sections 328, 366A, 370, 376, 506, 120B and 34 of the IPC and Section 6 of the POSCO Act were also added to the case.
In her letter to the police, Maliwal outlined the horrifying details of the case. The three school girls, the letter said, made a plan to go to Mumbai together and the railway station on July 6.
“There they met a stranger, who offered to book their tickets and took them to his room in Rohini. There were two women also in the house, who gave the girls a drink laced with intoxicants. After that, the accused man raped all three of the minor girls. Next day, when the girls begged him to send them to Mumbai, he told them that he will take them to Rajasthan and get them married to some man. He then took them to Kashmere Gate, but the girls managed to escape en route and contact their families. They were then taken to Defence Colony police station,” the letter said.
The three survivors approached DCW on Wednesday for help.
Apart from seeking complete details about the police action in this case, Maliwal also asked the Delhi police and the railway protection force (RPF) to suggest steps to ensure the safety and security of girls and women in and around railway stations, considering multiple instances of rape and sexual assault in the recent past.