Case expedited thanks to House
IT WAS only thanks to a question in the ongoing Assembly session that prodded the Indore police, hitherto blissfully sleeping, to take action in the Women Rescue Home case - five months after the incident.india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 23:51 IST
IT WAS only thanks to a question in the ongoing Assembly session that prodded the Indore police, hitherto blissfully sleeping, to take action in the Women Rescue Home case - five months after the incident.
To avoid cutting a sorry figure while answering the question, cases were speedily filed against the Rescue Home superintendent Anju Shah and guard Ramkishan under Sections 330 and 376 (2C) of IPC on February 25.
The cases were filed in connection with the death of Leela Bai, a 50-year-old deranged woman, who was an inmate of the Home. She had died on September 19, 2005, and though at first it was said that she had died of epilepsy, the post mortem report revealed that she had been raped and beaten before her death. The report had also revealed that she had been raped within 48 hours of her death and 27 injury marks were found on her body.
Subsequently, a magisterial inquiry into the matter was conducted by SDM Nilay Satbhaiya, and that report too had been submitted in December.
When the Assembly question, asking what was the progress in the Women Rescue Home case, came senior officers were alarmed to find that nothing had been done. And then the action started.
The files were called, and midnight oil was burnt by senior officers who found that there was sufficient evidence to file cases against Shah and Ramkishan. And also to show that some action was being taken to trace the rapist, blood samples of all those living in the Rescue Home compound were taken for DNA testing to see whether any one of them was responsible for the rape.
Meanwhile, blood samples of 22 persons have been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Kolkata, for DNA testing. But it might take a year before the results comes in. Why?
Because the Indore police had sent another matter for DNA testing to Kolkata – that of Pankaj Gupta whose burnt body was found outside a farm in Annapurna area in September, and so far the samples are still in queue at the laboratory in Kolkata! And it might be a few more months before its turn comes.
For speedy disposal, the Indore police could have sent the blood for DNA testing at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics in Hyderabad, and the results could have come within a week. But out there it would have cost Rs 15,000 for each sample – and Indore police simply does not want to spend that big an amount for one case.
Where is the husband?
WHERE IS deceased Leela Bai’s husband? According to the records, her husband’s name is Govind. But where is he and where does he live? Have police made any attempts to trace him and was his DNA sample taken? Palasia TI Rakesh Puri, who is investigating the matter, said they had been unable to trace the husband.