Under pressure to withdraw case: Rape victim’s mother
Ropar, June 25, The mother of a 14-year-old Dalit girl has alleged that the Anandpur Sahib police first refused to register the complaint of her daughter’s rape, and later, when the case was registered after a month, the police did not mention in the FIR that the victim was a Dalit.
‘Cop gave Rs15K, asked me to go home’
My daughter was raped at a local guest house on March 16 by Munish of Paharpur near Anandpur Sahib. I filed a complaint at the Anandpur Sahib police station, but instead of arresting the accused, a policeman gave me Rs 15,000 and told me to return home. — Victim’s mother
Notably, there have been no arrests in the case so far. Surprisingly, no action has been taken against local SHO Bharat Bhushan till now despite the fact that the then Anandpur Sahib Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Davinder Singh, indicted him in his report for delaying registration of a case. He had also recommended departmental action against the SHO on April 28. The mother of the victim is a divorcee staying with her two daughters in the village and working as a maid. She alleged the police, with the help of some influential persons, were pressurising her to withdraw the case.
She said due to the lockdown, she could not pursue the case, but on April 24, she brought the matter into notice of the then DSP Davinder Singh, who, following an inquiry, ordered registration of an FIR.
SHO Bharat Bhushan, however, claimed that prima facie, he didn’t find the complaint genuine which is why he did not register a complaint.
SSP Swapan Sharma denied the charge that action was not being taken against the SHO. He said a departmental inquiry had been initiated due to which there was a delay in registering an FIR against the accused.
Courtesy : Tribune News Service