Teenage girl was abducted and sexually assaulted allegedly by a group of youths in Sultanpuri after she protested against lewd remarks being passed at her
It's the twentieth such incident in the Capital within a year. Barely three weeks after the rape of a call centre employee in Dhaula Kuan, a teenage girl was allegedly gang raped in a moving car by a group of men who abducted her after she protested against lewd remarks being passed at her.
Hard drive: The Hyundai Accent, which was used in the abduction and
rape. pic/mid day
Questions will be raised on the preparedness of the cops, especially since they had the opportunity to possibly prevent the rape after receiving two PCR calls informing them of the abduction of the victim and the vehicle number. The four accused were arrested, but by then the damage was done.
Another interesting fact is that Police Commissioner BK Gupta was in outer Delhi barely two hours earlier, to address cops on strengthening beat policing system. More than 500 constables attended. While Gupta left at 6.30 pm on Saturday, the victim was abducted at around 8.30 pm.
Puja, 18, (name changed) was on the way to her mother's workplace to receive her. On the way to the factory, she met a neighbour, Ravi, 25, and they started walking together. It was around 8.30 pm on December 11, when suddenly a black Hyundai Accent (registration number - DL 8 CG 4097) began following them and the men inside the car passed obscene remarks at the girl.
Ravi objected and as the car drove past, Puja broke the rear windshield with a bunch of keys. Angered by this, the accused stopped the car and asked her to compensate for the windshield. As Puja refused to comply, the accused pulled her into the car and drove away.
Ravi immediately made a PCR call informing about the incident. But cops failed to act on this. Ravi made another call at around 11 pm and gave the registration number of the car to the police. Finally at around 12.30 am, cops located the car in the same area. The victim and two accused were inside at the time.
"We received a PCR call regarding the incident and immediately sent our teams to catch the culprits. We searched all the roads of the area and our PCR van found the car and arrested two of the accused and recovered the victim. Some cans of beer were also found inside the car. The victim and the accused were sent for the medical examination and rape was confirmed.
Two of the accused, Rama, 28, and Chanderpaul, 23, raped the victim. On information received from them, we nabbed two others - Manish, 25 and a juvenile. Three of the accused were sent to 14-day judicial custody and the fourth has been sent to a juvenile home," confirmed Chhaya Sharma, DCP, Outer District. When reporters asked her about the time taken by the police, the DCP clarified that they didn't have the registration number of the car till 11 pm.
Officers seemed satisfied and said that they cracked the case in 4 hours. But sources said that an opportunity was lost to prevent the rape. The weakness in the interception ability of the cops, also evident in the Dhaula Kuan Rape case, was brushed aside by senior police officials.
No. of child rape cases reported in the country in 2009
* A 30-year-old BPO employee was picked up by four drunken men near Dhaula Kuan and raped for over 40 minutes in a moving vehicle early on November 24. The woman was forced into the vehicle near Nanakpura gurdwara at 1.21 am and found in a semi-conscious state in Mongolpuri Industrial Estate at 2am.
* Four persons were arrested by the Delhi police in connection with the gang rape of a 22-year-old girl that took place in Seemapuri area of northeast Delhi on the 30th of November.
* A 19-year-old student of Delhi University was kidnapped from New Delhi and allegedly raped by five people in a flat in Gurgaon. The victim, who is pursuing a BA correspondence course from Dayal Singh College, was forced into a car by the men at around 8 am on April 11 near a bus-stop where she was waiting for a bus.