A ten year old girl is allegedly raped by a 24 year old man. Her mother takes her to an all woman Police Station. Medical examination confirms the rape. The police allegedly does not write the report. The mother is allegedly driven away away and the child is locked up and kept in the Police Station overnight.
What would have happened if a free lance journalist had not heard about this ten year old rape survivor’s ordeal?
The Police, it seems, is claiming ‘misunderstanding’.
What misunderstanding could there possibly be here? Did they ‘misunderstand’ that the child had committed some crime? Did they also ‘misunderstand’ the child’s age?
There seems to be lesser delay or misunderstanding in reacting to some other kinds of crimes. In Haryana, a rape victim was booked for suicide attempt in Jhajjar
Does it look like the UP police has been given clear (or any) instructions for dealing with sexual crimes? (or any crimes)
This is not the first, or the only time a rape victim in UP has been asked to stay back in a Mahila Thana.
Where could this girl have disappeared? [As the victim was to appear before a magistrate the next day to get her statements recorded, she was directed to stay back at the Mahila Thana.]
But this time there is hope for justice,
The Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo motu cognisance of media reports about detention of a 10-year-old rape victim by the police in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh recently.
The apex court has now sent notice to the state government, asking how the police put the rape victim in custody.
In Saharanpur UP, a DIG recommended honor killing. [“I don’t have magical power to recover your daughter. But if your daughter had eloped then you should be ashamed of it and end your life…”]