Batala girl alleges rape by father, HC tells police to probe allegation
An 18-year-old girl moved from pillar to post, seeking action against her father, who allegedly raped her for six months, but the local police resisted to register her complaint for the reasons only known to them.punjab Updated: Oct 12, 2016 14:45 IST
An 18-year-old girl moved from pillar to post, seeking action against her father, who allegedly raped her for six months, but the local police resisted to register her complaint for the reasons only known to them.
After approaching various police stations in vain, she approached the Punjab and Haryana high court and the court ordered the police to probe the allegation of the complainant and submit a report in the court.
In her complaint, the victim alleged that her parents took a divorce and started living separately. However, she started living with her father.
In August 2014, his father left her at her grandfather’s house and, after one year, her father again took her back to his house, where he started exploiting her physically, she alleged.
“One night, my father entered my room and tried to rape me. Though, I raised alarm, but my stepmother, who was present in the house, did not intervene. Since that night, my father often raped me and threatened me of dire consequences if I narrated the incident to anyone,” she added.
“I was locked in a room and for six months, I was repeatedly raped in the presence of my stepmother and the stepbrother. A few days ago, when all my family members had gone out of station, I managed to flee from the house and reached my mother’s house at Dera Baba Nanak and narrated the entire incident to her.”
Later, the victim, along with her mother, approached Dera Baba Nanak police station, but she was asked to lodge a complaint with the Sekhwan police station as the house of the accused fell under the jurisdiction of Sekwhan police station. But, when she reached the Sekhwan police station, she was asked to lodge a complaint with the Dera Baba Nanak police station.
Failing to get justice, the victim approached senior superintendent of police (SSP), Batala, Daljinder Singh, who further marked the case to the Women Cell of the police, but even that yielded no result.
She added that she finally petitioned the high court a few days ago, which directed the SSP to get a case registered after verifying the accusations.
SSP Daljinder Singh said he had directed a senior officer to inquire into the entire sequence of events, which led to the girl to move the court. “On an earlier occasion too, we had held an inquiry when it was brought to my knowledge that the police were not registering a case, although nothing much came out of that probe,” he said.
First Published: Oct 12, 2016 14:45 IST