Monday, July 21, 2003

Cop suspended for not filing rape complaint of Dalit woman

MEERUT: A police official has been suspended for failing to lodge the rape complaint of a Dalit woman in Badhi village falling under Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's constituency of Saharanpur.

The head mohrir of Nakur police station was suspended over allegations that the matter was ignored for two days while the SSP was on leave and the complaint was lodged only after the victim's family met the DM.

The victim's family are the only Dheenvars in the village dominated by Jats. On July 16 evening, there was an altercation between the two groups reportedly over throwing of cowdung. Now the Jats allege that the victim's family is blowing the incident out of proportions.

"Maar peet ki ghatna ko badha chadha kar balatkar ka aarop laga diya hai (It was the case of a fight but they have gone ahead to allege rape)," they told police. Police are questioning the victim's family while seven men have been arrested in this connection.

Preliminary reports say the victim didn't mention rape initially and the charge was added only later. Victim's medical examination also could not shed light on the charge. The woman is married and has several children which makes it difficult to say anything with certainty, official sources said.

Source: Newindpress.com, July 21, 2003

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