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You can?t see daughter, victim?s parents told

THE PROTECTION home authorities on Friday turned the victim?s parents away asking them to seek the DM?s permission first. Hitherto no one was allowed to meet the girl except her parents and the police. But, now even parents have been denied admission. Why?

india Updated: May 06, 2006 00:49 IST

THE PROTECTION home authorities on Friday turned the victim’s parents away asking them to seek the DM’s permission first.

Hitherto no one was allowed to meet the girl except her parents and the police. But, now even parents have been denied admission. Why?

The victim’s father had met his daughter on last Saturday. But, he and his wife were refused to visit the girl on Friday.

Significantly, the first hearing of the rape case is scheduled on Saturday at the Sessions Court.

On the other hand, despite victim’s statement under Section 164 of the CrPc recorded before the magistrate the police officials were continuously visiting the rape victim at will and even on odd hours in the protection home. The cops claim that they visit the girl to inquire if she was okay.

Talking to the HT Live, father of the victim narrated his woes and inquired as a layman that if the cops are allowed to enter the protection home and they could visit the girl anytime, why was he and his wife are refused to meet their own daughter?

He recalls that he had met a police official (officiating CO Sarojininagar RP Singh Sengar) at the protection home when he (the father) had come to meet his daughter on last Saturday. CO Sengar had talked to the rape victim alone.

Sengar had later claimed while talking to the HT Lucknow Live that he had gone to ask the girl if she had any complaints while staying in the home. The CO had later talked to the victim’s father right outside the protection home and had taken his thumb impression on a paper. The cop had claimed that he had inquired the man about the money offered to him to withdraw charges against one of the accused Gaurav Shukla. Gaurav is a nephew of don-turned ex-MLC of Samajwadi Party Arun Shanker Shukla ‘Anna’.

Significantly, the SP (East) had already recorded the same statement three weeks back and a case was registered at the Ashiana police station in this connection. What was the need of recording the statement then? Was the CO speaking truth or it was an effort to take man’s thumb impression under a statement which could further help the main accused Gaurav in the course of trial of the case in the court?

However, distressed and depressed, victim’s father says, “Mein ab aapni beti se bhi nahin mil sakta hoon. Yeh kaisa kanoon hai? Mein toh kuch nahin janta hoon DM aur permission ke bare mein. Mein ab kya karoonga? (Now I can’t even meet my daughter. What kind of law is this? I don’t know anything about the DM and about seeking permission. I don’t know what I am supposed to do).”

On Friday when he went to meet her, first he was told that there was a wedding at the home and there was a chaos at the home so he could not meet her under such circumstances. But later when he said that he would come to see her on Saturday, he was told that he needed the DM’s permission to see her now.

It may be recalled that the protection home authorities didn’t allow social organizations also to meet the rape victim earlier and now they even refused her parents to meet her. She is a minor and is legally under her parents care. Is the fact forgotten?

First Published: May 06, 2006 00:49 IST