Minister talks of earlier cover-up bid,police contest claim

The clamour for Delhi police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar’s resignation grew louder on Monday with Delhi Women and Child Minister Kiran Walia also demanding the police chief step down.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2013 1:38 am

The clamour for Delhi police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar’s resignation grew louder on Monday with Delhi Women and Child Minister Kiran Walia also demanding the police chief step down.

Walia said after the rape of a three-year-old girl in December last year,an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) from West Delhi had lamented that the case would not have been registered if the accused had bribed the victim’s family.

“The ACP had the audacity to make such a comment. I had written a letter to the police commissioner then,but to no avail,” Walia said.

Walia was referring to the rape of a three-year-old,allegedly by the owner of the play school the child attended. The incident was reported after the child fell ill and told her parents about the incident.

Juxtaposing the 2012 incident with the rape of a five-year-old child in East Delhi last week,Walia said nothing had changed with the Delhi Police.

“They had tried to cover up an incident then,despite a letter from a minister,and they have done so now. It is time to act and I call for Neeraj Kumar’s resignation on moral grounds,” Walia said.

However,when asked to comment,a senior officer said,“The accused were arrested the same day the incident was reported,and booked under Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act. The Honourable Minister was apprised of the action the police had taken and they were very appreciative of it.”

Walia said she had also written to Kumar on Saturday about the state of the Delhi Police.

“I wrote about police’s poor handling of the case and the fact that an ACP slapped a protester. Police cannot get away with such things,” Walia said. She said she also wrote about police officers being “incapable and corrupt”. “If stringent action is taken against a few senior officers,perhaps others will fall in line,” Walia said.

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