Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

Police inspector who delayed filing rape case arrested in Bangalore

Express News Service | Bangalore | Posted: July 18, 2014 5:39 pm | Updated: July 18, 2014 5:41 pm

The Bangalore city police on Friday arrested a police inspector Mohammed Rafique for negligence of duty for delaying the registration of a case of sexual assault on a 22-year-old post-graduation student in east Bangalore last week.

The arrest of Rafique came amid immense pressure from the opposition BJP in the State Assembly.

The police had suspended the police inspector on Wednesday for watering down the charges in the initial FIR at the Pulkeshinagar police station.

Under intense public pressure over the rape and sexual assault case the police had on Thursday registered a case against police inspector Rafique under the recently created section 166 A of the Indian Penal Code which is intended to punish public servants who fail to record complaints of sexual assault and rape brought before them.

Rafique is accused of delaying the filing of an FIR following the sexual assault on the 22-year-old student in the early hours of July 11.

The 22-year-old PG student was kidnapped and sexually assaulted last Thursday night by a gang lead by Nasir Hyder, 24, the son of a local BSP leader Sheikh Bahadur.

The victim was with a male friend in a car outside her apartment complex when the youths from the same neighborhood approached them in the guise of policemen and forced the couple to drive around with them before Hyder sexually assaulted the young woman.

While a case of sexual assault had been initially registered by the Pulkeshinagar police, it was following the intervention of senior police officials converted into a rape case under provisions of the new anti rape law — which state that a sexual assault on a woman is to be treated as a rape case entailing imprisonment of over ten years in the event of a conviction.

Even as the police filed a case against inspector Rafique the Karnataka home minister K J George told the state legislature that a special squad would be formed to investigate charges of threat calls being made to the victim and her friends by associates and relatives of the prime accused.

The home minister also told the legislature that he would personally call on the family of the victim to assure them of suitable protection while pursuing justice.

The opposition BJP and JDS had raised the issue in the State Assembly on Wednesday and Thursday. They had demanded the filing of a case against the police inspector for not handling the case effectively.

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