Ghatampur suicide, rape case: No action yet against ‘guilty’ cops

Express News Service Posted online: Tue Sep 07 2010, 06:46 hrs

Kanpur : Four days after the suicide by a 17-year-old Dalit girl in
Ghatampur following her alleged rape, the authorities are yet to take
any action against police personnel who had not only refused to lodge
an FIR in the case but also allowed the accused to get away.
The authorities said no action could be initiated as the team formed
to probe into the role played by Station Officer Kalu Ram Dohrey and
Constable Virendra Singh is yet to submit the report.

Kanpur DIG Prem Prakash said: “Both Singh and Dohrey have been
attached to lines. If found guilty, they would be suspended and a case
will be registered against them.”

The investigation is headed by Circle Officer of Ghatampur PP Singh.

“Until I get the investigation report, it will not be possible to
comment further,” he said. Moreover, the DIG said the girl’s family
has not made any official complaint against the SO or the constable.

Prakash said three teams have been formed to arrest the accused. “The
neighbours, relatives and locals are being contacted by our teams to
trace the absconding persons,” he said.

The victim, a resident of Parauli village of Ghatampur block,
immolated herself on the terrace of her house on September 3. She was
a class XI student of Pandit Deen Beni Singh Bharat Inter College of
Bheetargaon Block. According to the postmortem report, the girl died
of burn injuries and a head injury.

The girl’s father, Ashok Kumar, had alleged that a villager, Sunil
Singh Bhadoria, had raped his daughter on September 2. According to
him, the Station Officer of Ghatampur police station refused to
register a case when he approached him. After a protest in the village
on Friday, a case on the charges of kidnapping, rape, provocation for
suicide and SC/ST Act was registered against Sunil and his parents.

He said he could not lodge a formal complaint against the policemen
because he had been running around since the death of his daughter.

According to him, his daughter would not have committed suicide if the
SO had registered a case on Thursday and arrested the accused

“The SO and the constable are equally responsible for my daughter’s
death,” he said.

A group of BJP leaders, including former legislator Bal Chandra
Mishra, visited Parauli village on Monday to meet the victim’s family.
Mishra blamed the police for the Dalit girl’s suicide. Senior state
BJP leaders are expected to visit the village on September 10.


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