U.P SHO arrested for Raping minor rape victim inside Police station



HnExpress Mayank Chakravarty, UP : A local police officer in Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh was arrested on the charges that he raped a 13 years old girl. She had come to the police station to lodge an FIR of gang rape against 4 other persons. All total 29 policemen, including six sub -inspectors posted at Pali police station, where the crime was committed, have been placed under suspension.

Five of them have been arrested for their complicity in the crime. The DIG (Jhansi) Joginder Kumar has been asked to investigate the ugly incident. According to the FIR, the victim was kidnapped by four persons — Chandan, Raj Bhan, Mahendra Chaurasia and Hari Shankar on April 22 and was taken to Bhopal where she was kept in a house near the railway station and gang-raped before being brought back to her village on April 26.

Her mother had in the interim lodged a missing person complaint. And the investigation revealed that the four accused were accompanied by the victim’s aunt, who was also party to the crime. In a bizarre turn the four accused later left the girl at the police station with the SHO Saroj and asked him to return the girl to the aunt and not to her family. She was not sent for a medical examination.



Saroj called the victim again on April 27th and raped her in his chamber and then handed her over to the aunt. On April 30 the police again called the girl and asked the NGO Childline to give her counselling since she was distraught. During the counselling, the girl shared incidents and later information reached the Lalitpur SP. Then on action all four accused kidnappers have also been arrested.

And it is believed the kidnapping was basically carried out to prevent the girl from appearing as an eyewitness in an old case between her family and one of the kidnappers, Hari Shankar, on April 25 in the local court. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to UP’s chief secretary and DGP seeking a report on the issue. With the Chandauli and Lalitpur type cases creating heavy blowback, the ruling BJP has to take adequate and persistent action.

A debate has ensued about the BJP’s tall claims about women security in general. These incidents shows how the real reforms of law and order are being suppressed in the noise of “bulldozer”. If police station are not safe for women, where will they go with their complaints. “Has the UP government seriously thought about increasing the deployment of women in police stations, making them safer for women?

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