UP cops give up cash prize to build toilet for rape survivor
NGO ‘Always Believe in Yourself’ and local legislator Rajesh Goswami had announced a cash reward of Rs5,000 and Rs5,100 for the policemen for their promptness in solving the crime.india Updated: Feb 04, 2018 23:44 IST
Five policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba town handed over the cash reward they had received for nabbing a rape accused to the family of a six-year-old survivor for the construction of a toilet at their home.
In December last year, the girl had gone about 50 metres away from her house to relieve herself in the open at around 3am when the accused raped her.
A police team comprising inspector Vikram Aditya Singh, senior sub-inspector KP Singh, in-charge of district crime records bureau MK Zaidi and two other policemen arrested the accused in less than two days of the incident. The girl is still recuperating from the sexual assault.
The force’s promptness in solving the crime warmed the hearts and an NGO ‘Always Believe in Yourself’ and local legislator Rajesh Goswami announced cash reward of Rs5,000 and Rs5,100 for the policemen respectively.
The police team received the money on February 2 and handed it over to the girl’s father the next day with the promise that they would provide more money for toilet construction if required.
“We know the money is not enough for the construction of toilet. We will give more from our salaries. We have decided to see that the toilet is built,” said inspector Vikram Aditya Singh.
Superintendent of police, Mahoba, N Kolanchi said the accused lived in the same locality as the survivor and committed the act in an inebriated state.
“When the policemen came to know that the girl was raped as she had to go out alone to relieve herself during odd hours, they decided to raise money for a toilet on their own,” he said.
The police officer said they have informed the administration about the need to construct toilets in the area.
“We had apprised the chief secretary during a recent meeting in Jhansi that incidents of rape were on the rise in the area in the absence of toilets. We have requested him to ensure construction of toilets as soon as possible,” Kolanchi said.
“The district magistrate is also providing financial relief to the family for toilet construction. We are in touch with the girl’s family,” the SP added.