Andher Nagari: Haryana Police: Rape victim kills self in police HQ

 Extracts from TOI

 

Rape victim kills self in police HQ

 

Accused Cops Had Offered Money, Framed Husband To Scare Her

 

Manveer Saini | tnn

Panchkula: Unable to bear the fact that the policemen who had raped her were not only roaming free but also threatening her to withdraw the complaint, a mother of two consumed poison at the Haryana police headquarters here on Monday.
 

 

 

    Sarita, in her early 20s, gave up her fight for justice at the PGI Hospital in front of hundreds of agitated people, her two children and a grieving husband who was allegedly framed in a theft case in Rohtak three months ago.
 

     She was raped on the premises of the Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) building where her husband was lodged in April on the charge of stealing a motorcycle, and chose the police headquarters in Sector 6 to end her life before her daughters Heena (6) and Muskan (3), who were the only eye-witnesses to the incident.
 

    ‘‘Maine goli kha li hai (I have swallowed a tablet),’’ said Sarita to ADGP V B Singh while handing him a two-page letter underscoring her plight. ‘‘Despite the fact that DSP Neeraj Setia’s probe had confirmed rape, neither were the policemen arrested nor did the investigating officers bother to get me medically examined. And the accused issued threats after they failed to lure me with money,’’ she wrote. ‘‘I have tried my best to get justice but my voice has gone unheard and now I am committing suicide, and head constable Balraj and constable Silak Ram are responsible for my death,’’ the letter said.
   

  It was Sarita’s second visit to the police headquarters. She was first there on May 29 to lodge a complaint against the two policemen. A rape case was registered against the cops on the order of DGP Ranjiv Dalal the next day and IG, Rohtak, was told to probe the delay in the arrest of the accused. A case of abetment to suicide was registered against the cops, Dalal said.
   

   Sarita was raped on April 10 by head constable Balraj Singh and constable Silak Ram, both deployed at the CIA staff-I of Rohtak, a day after the two demanded Rs 6,000 for releasing her husband. After failing to get the accused booked, Sarita and her husband Subhash, a bus conductor, approached the ADGP on May 29. Acting on the complaint IG, Rohtak, was told to take action after registering the case.
   

Speaking to TOI, Sarita’s inconsolable father Jagbir Singh and Subhash spoke about the brutal indifference of the police force in bringing one of their own to book. ‘‘I rushed to Chandigarh after my son-in-law informed me. It was in the afternoon that I came to know about her death,’’ Jagbir said.

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