While the clamour for speedy trial and strict punishment to rapists increases nationwide, Uttar Pradesh seems to be moving in an opposite direction. A gang-rape victim from Uttar Pradesh’s Ambedkar Nagar, who was allegedly again violated by senior sub-inspector Maan Singh last month, has now alleged that she was also raped by the inspector in-charge of Akbarpur police station.
While Singh was arrested on December 14, no action has been taken against the inspector.
Though Neeta lodged an FIR with the Akbarpur police station claiming she was gang-raped in November, even after a month, there were no arrests.
On December 14, Singh allegedly asked Neeta to accompany him to meet the range DIG at Faizabad. In her FIR, Neeta alleged that Singh raped her in a hotel. She managed to send a text message to her neighbour in Ambedkar Nagar, who contacted the SSP Dharmendra Yadav. The SSP raided the hotel and arrested Singh.
Later, Neeta alleged that Singh’s senior, inspector AK Upadhyay, had also raped her in the same hotel. But senior officials seem to be shielding the inspector, saying the girl had not mentioned him in her original complaint. “The inquiry is on. If evidence is found against him, he will not be spared,” said SS Baghel, Faizabad superintendent of police city.
But legal experts opine that the victim’s complaint should be enough ground to arrest the accused. “Does the police take so much precaution when a common man is involved?” asked senior advocate IB Singh.
Even while the police were conducting their “so-called” inquiry into this case, a minor Dalit girl was raped by four men in a moving car in Faizabad.
On December 15, Kuldeep abducted 15-year-old Rama (name changed) from Sathri village in Kumarganj. He and his three associates raped her in a Bolero.
Rama’s ordeal did not end there. They drugged her and took her to Delhi by train, where she was repeatedly raped. On December 22, Kuldeep brought her home, left her at the Faizabad bus stand and fled.
The girl’s father managed to lodge an FIR only after the matter came to the knowledge of Yadav. The father’s initial attempts to lodge an FIR with the Kotwali police were thwarted by the policemen posted there, sources said.