Police register offence 11 days after minor was allegedly raped
Cops allegedly registered a sexual harassment case when the victim first reported the incident to them; following intervention by a child rights activist, police finally register rape case
Despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking state governments to sensitise police on crime against women, the apathy of men in khaki continues towards the fairer sex continues. The case in point is of a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly raped.
However, when she visited Lonikalbhor police station, around 33 km from Pune, to report the incident, the cops registered a complaint of sexual harassment against unknown people.
However, following a complaint filed by a child right activist, the police finally registered a rape against four people. Superintendent of Police (Pune Rural) Manojkumar Lohiya said that an enquiry have been ordered against the officers who didn’t register a proper complaint when the victim she had first approached them on February 26.
According to the victim, she was kidnapped and raped by one person on February 22. The other three people, who were waiting for their turn, felt from the spot after they heard bullock cart approaching.
The girl said that she kept quiet for four days as she was traumatised. Finally she mustered courage and approached Uralikanchan police chowky, which comes under Lonikalbhor police station, on February 26.
The girl narrated the incident to a constable on duty. However, she was asked to come again the next day. When the girl visited the police station, the constable (victim didn’t remember his name) allegedly asked her several uncomfortable questions. Embarrassed, the girl not to file a complaint.
According to the victim, the cop and a male relative convinced her that registering a rape complaint would bring bad name to her.
On March 2, API Sanjay Ahiwale of Lonikalbhor police station allegedly made her sign a document stating that a group of unknown boys made passed obscene comments and that she was not raped.
Child Right Activist and Director of Sakhee Anjali Pawar, who had filed complaint against erring officers for not following procedures mentioned in Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses Act 2012. Besides, she had demanded that the officers be booked under section 21(1) (2) for not filing the complaint of the offense.
Speaking to MiD DAY, Lohiya assured that action would be taken against erring officers after the enquiry report is submitted to him.