A rape victim in Punjab committed suicide after police did not act against her perpetrators. Showing utter disregard to the call of the duty, the cops took 14 days to register a case.
They woke up from their slumber to arrest the accused nearly 30 days after the registration of the FIR on Wednesday night; the day the victim ended her life, leaving behind a suicide note. The girl had lost hope following the harassment by the police and threats by accused, the family said.
The sources said that the teenage girl was kidnapped by Balwinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh of Baras village in Patiala district on November 13. They took her to a tubewell belonging to Sandeep Singh at Brahamanmajra village. The girl was drugged and she was repeatedly raped. The accused persons abandoned her at night.
The family said that the victim had approached the police at Badshahpur village. The policemen summoned her alone to the post several times. “On some occasions, the policemen would take her to the police station in late evening hours. They would seek her to narrate the incident. They also tried to force her to withdraw her complaint. The policemen finally registered the FIR for rape on November 27 when she did not buzz,” said Gulshan Kaur, the victim’s elder sister.
She alleged that Balwinder, Gurpreet, Sandip and Shinderpal Kaur kept on threatening the victim despite the registration of the FIR. Shinderpal had helped the accused. The accused threatened the family too and all shifted to the victim’s aunt’s house at Samana – a town near Patiala – on November 29. However, the accused intimidated them there too.
“Fed up with the indifferent attitude of the police, and continuous intimidation by the accused, she consumed poison on Wednesday around 5 pm. She was rushed to Rajindera Hospital at Patiala but she died late at night,” stated the girl’s relative. Her mother Surjit Kaur said that she also named the accused in the suicide note. It was shocking that cops arrested the accused only after she died, she added.
The Patiala zone Inspector General of Police (IGP) Parmjit Gill dismissed the SHO at police station Ghagga, Gurcharan Singh, under whose jurisdiction the police post fell.
The police also ordered a probe against police post incharge, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Nasib Singh.
Sources said that the IG Paramjit Singh Gill and SSP Patiala Gurprit Gill were unaware about the suicide since the SHO deleted the details of the rape case from the crime report compiled at the district headquarters every day. “We will examine the role of all cops including the DSP and SHO and they would be dismissed from job if their negligence was proved,” the IG said.