The family of a 14-year-old girl, who was allegedly gang-raped by four youths in Delhi, has alleged that the police turned them away several times and asked to strike down the name of one of the accused.
According to a class 9 student in Ghaziabad, was called by one of the accused to a temple near her home on July 27. They then left for a park where he introduced her to his three friends.
The accused persons, all in their early twenties, persuaded the girl to go on a drive with them in their car. However, they took her to a flat in Delhi’s Kondli area where they gang-raped her.
According to the complaint filed by the girl’s father, the accused dropped her on the main road after the incident and threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone about the assault. The girl eventually narrated the incident to her parents who then filed the complaint.
However, the girl’s family claimed that they faced trouble initially lodging a complaint with the police as one cop persuaded them to strike down the name of one of the accused.
“It’s unfortunate how the police behaved with us when we approached them. They tore our complaint twice and turned us away several times. Later, we approached some senior officials, who helped us file the FIR,” a relative of the girl was quoted as saying.
Asked about the family’s allegations, a police official told, “We had called the family to the police station to record their statements, but they are yet to come. Initial findings do not suggest any lag in police behaviour. However, an investigation is underway and suitable action will be taken against anyone found guilty.”
The police said they have filed an FIR against the four accused under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of IPC and relevant provisions of the Pocso Act. The girl’s medical test has been conducted but results are awaited.
The police are looking out for the fourth accused.