Year after deaf and mute girl’s gangrape,IO demands proof of her mental health

Insensitive: No arrests made so far,High Court asks ‘how such officers can be in the force’

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 6, 2013 3:17 am

The West Bengal Police Thursday faced the ire of Calcutta High Court for failing to arrest any of the five persons accused of raping a deaf and mute girl a year ago and asking the victim’s mother to prove that her daughter was mentally ill.

Pulling up the investigating officer from Ultadanga police station Janardan Mondal for the shoddy investigations into the case,the single judge bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee directed the deputy commissioner of eastern suburban division of Kolkata police to submit a report within 15 days on the state of investigations and asked “how such officers (as Mondal) can be in the force.”

The court was hearing a petition moved by the girl’s mother,who has alleged that though over a year has passed since the heinous act,not one of the five accused has been arrested.

It was on August 17,last year that girl went missing from in front of her house at Ultadanga in the eastern part of the city. Two days later,officials of Jagacha police station in Howrah district found her lying on road in a serious condition and admitted her to Howrah Hospital.

Using help,the girl told the police that she had been abducted and gangraped by five persons,who had then abandoned her on the road.

The girl’s mother had then filed an FIR Jagacha police station,but a local court in Howrah had transferred the case to Ultadanga police station after getting to know the girl’s residential address.

The mother,in her writ petition demanded that the investigations be handled by some other agency and alleged that investigating officer in the case,Janardan Mondal,had asked her to produce a certificate to prove that her daughter was deaf and mute.

Taking serious note of this,Justice Banerjee questioned the government counsel as to how such officers can be in the police force.

Justice Banerjee then directed the DC (ESD) to submit a report within 15 days detailing progress in investigation and the conduct of the particular investigating officer. With PTI

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