The Chandigarh Police on Thursday faced a major embarrassment after five of its constables were accused of gangraping a 16-year-old girl multiple times at gunpoint for the past one and a half months. While four of them were arrested,one was unidentified and absconding.
The girl confided the incident to one of her sisters on Wednesday night when she could no more bear the trauma and torture,and was about to commit suicide.
Those arrested were identified as Akshay,Sunil,Himmat and Jagtar,the four constables of Sector 11 police station.
The victim,who resides in a joint family at Khuda Lahora,is the eldest of five sisters. Her father is an alcoholic. About three months ago,the victims father indulged in domestic violence after which,a call was made to the police. The accused,Akshay,along with a police party reached the victims residence.
Akshay had noted down the mobile phone number of the victim. Thereafter,Akshay along with four other accused,in a PCR van,started stalking the victim wherever she went school,home and other public places. The accused,who often used to wait for the victim in front of her school situated in the same locality,passed objectionable remarks against her. This behaviour of theirs continued even after she temporarily started working as a salesgirl at a city-based shop.
They also started making sexual advances to the victim. A month later,Akshay rented a room at Khuda Ali Sher and forcibly took the girl to the room,where all the five accused allegedly gangraped her at gunpoint.
The girl was gangraped multiple times in Akshays room. On Wednesday night,the girl finally told one of her sisters about the alleged crime committed by the cops. The girls sister then told her cousin Vinod about the incident. Fearing the Chandigarh Police,Vinod first approached area councillor Saurabh Joshi on Thursday afternoon.
Joshi then informed the police about the incident,after which an FIR was registered,against one of the accused. When the family members and relatives of the victim raised a hue and cry,the police finally booked all the five accused for rape.
Initially,the police arrested Akshay and Sunil in the evening. Later,Himmat and Jagtar were also arrested. However,one of the accused is still unidentified. The girl was taken for a medical examination around 7.30 pm.
After I was told about the incident,I first approached the area councillor for help,as my cousin was on the verge of committing suicide. She told me that the accused used to continuously harass and stalk her. I am still in a shock that such an incident was committed by the officials of the Chandigarh Police, said Vinod.
As per law,we have registered an FIR. All four accused have been suspended and a departmental inquiry has been set up against them, said SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill.
A case of rape (Section 376),using criminal force to woman in order to outrage her modesty (Section 354). criminal intimidation (Section 506) under the IPC and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered.