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Chandigarh auto gangrape: For Wasim Malik, 16-month injustice comes to an end

The police on July 11 had submitted an application seeking permission to withdraw the prosecution charges against him after the Chandigarh administration’s approval.

punjab Updated: Jul 21, 2018 22:48 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh auto gangrape,rape,rape cases
Wasim Malik along with his mother at the Chandigarh district courts.(HT Photo)

For 28-year-old Wasim Malik and his family, Friday brought an end to the agony which they endured for 16 months as the trial court allowed the Chandigarh police’s plea to withdraw prosecution charges against him in the 2016 gangrape case of a call centre employee in Sector 29.

Wasim, along with his mother, was relieved, but looked nervous. When asked why, he responded, “It’s scary, I want to get the papers (judgment/order on application) in my hand so that the police doesn’t come for me again.”

The police on July 11 had submitted an application seeking permission to withdraw the prosecution charges against him after the Chandigarh administration’s approval. As per the protocol, the home department gives approval before the police take up the plea before the court.

While the Sector-52 resident was granted bail in March, the file for withdrawing the case was sent to the home department in April, after the police gave him a clean chit.

‘My reputation, family’s dignity ruined’

More than time, Wasim said it’s cost him his reputation, dignity of his family, his job and a lot of money. “I tried seeking job as a driver with a taxi service, but they all seemed suspicious of me. It’s been tormenting,” said Malik in the court, adding that the family sold off their house in Saharanpur worth Rs 8 lakh and a car worth Rs 2 lakh, besides the jewellery.

“I have never driven an auto,” he said.

The victim had initially zeroed in on Malik during a test identification parade (TIP), but later identified Irfan and Hassan as the accused. Wasim, although, feels it’s the police who pressurised her in the first place to depose against him.

The police arrested auto driver Mohammad Irfan on March 13 this year in a different rape case, even as Malik was undergoing trial. Irfan’s accomplice and cousin, Kamal Hassan, was arrested a day later. Though they were arrested for raping a Dehradun woman in November 2017, the duo had confessed to have raped a call centre employee in December 2016, the case in which Malik was the ‘prime accused’.

Malik had to spend 16 months in jail for the crime touted as the Chandigarh auto gangrape case.

Court frames charges against two accused

A local court on Friday framed charges under Section 376 D (gangrape) of the Indian Penal Code against autorickshaw driver Mohammad Irfan, 29, and his accomplice Kamal Hassan, alias Dil, 22, for allegedly violating 22-year-old call centre employee.

The case will now be heard on August 2. Hassan was arrested from Delhi on the basis of a disclosure statement of co-accused Mohammad Irfan, who is also his relative. After his identification by the victim, his DNA samples were taken. Mohammad Irfan, who is also in custody for raping a Dehradun girl, along with his accomplices, in Sector 53 last November, was also involved in gangrape of a call centre employee in Sector 29 in December 2016, UT police told the court on Tuesday.

The forensic report had found Irfan’s DNA sample to be a ‘contributor’ in woman’s rape. Hassan is also an autorickshaw driver.

First Published: Jul 21, 2018 12:11 IST