Minor Dalit girl gangraped, cops under spotlight for registering FIR after six days
Rampur: A minor Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped inside the premises of a brick kiln located within Shahzad Nagar police station limits. The incident took place on January 13.
The father of the survivor, who works as a labourer at the kiln, alleged before media that Rampur police officials had initially refused to register an FIR, doing so only six days after the incident.
He said, “The offenders sexually assaulted our daughter after tying my hands. When we approached Shahzad Nagar police station to file a complaint, cops assaulted us and forced us to sign an
undertaking that we didn’t want any action in the matter.”
He also alleged the Shahzad Nagar SHO had told him that if he pursued the matter, his family would face nothing but abuse and humiliation, adding that cops had also told him they would be sent
to jail if rape charges weren’t confirmed.
Rampur district magistrate Aunjaneya Kumar Singh told TOI, “When the survivor’s family approached the SDM, he informed me of the incident, after which I asked a woman magistrate to record the survivor’s statement and cops to file an FIR.”
However, police denied the father’s allegations and said they have already launched a probe. Rampur additional SP Arun Kumar Singh told TOI, “The survivor’s father has repeatedly changed his
statements. When he had initially narrated the incident before police, a general diary entry was made and he was asked to come back with a written copy of his complaint. On Sunday, he brought a
written complaint and an FIR was registered against unidentified assailants, under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO Act.”
On Monday, the survivor was taken to Rampur district hospital for medical examination. Shahzad Nagar SHO Pravesh Kumar Chauhan said they are waiting for its report, adding, “The survivor was sent for medical examination, and her statement has been recorded.
Sections of the SC/ST Act are yet to be invoked as the FIR has been registered against unidentified assailants. Only after the offenders are identified and their castes determined, can further action under the special act be taken.”