Three days after the Chandigarh Police arrested an 18-year-old under preventive measures after he allegedly threatened his 16-year-old wife, the UT Police have booked the boy under Section 376 (rape), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and his parents were also arrested last night.
Officers investigating the case on Friday received a notification from the District Attorney asking police to register a case and start investigating the case. The SHO of Police Station Sector 26, Inspector Anokh Singh said that the boy has been arrested under preventive measures on Wednesday night.
DSP (East), Anjitha Chepyala said, “After the opinion from DA we have registered a case and arrested the boy’s parents. The accused is at present in judicial custody and we will be arresting him after we bring him on a production warrant.”
Some officers said that they were not convinced to book the minor’s parents, Munna Lal and Kanti Devi, fruit vendors. “They took care of the girl and her child after her parents disowned her. Instead, her parents should be booked for not bringing her to the child support unit she was out of bounds. Also, the role of the doctor who delivered the baby should be brought under scanner for not informing police.”
When asked the medical superintendent of GMSH-16, where the baby was delivered on September 19, 2013, Dr Vandana Gupta said, “I am not aware about this case as I joined two months back. I will check it up.” The Social Welfare Department had also sent a recommendation to the police for registering a case under the relevant sections on the girl’s complaint. Director Social Welfare, Rajesh Jogpal, could not be contacted after repeated attempts.
DA legal felt that a case of rape read with criminal conspiracy be registered against accused and his parents. When the offence happened, the boy was a minor and Protection of Children against Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act was not formed. “However, if during investigation, officers feel the need, relevant sections of POCSO Act can be added,” reads the DA’s opinion.