UNION MINISTER for Social Justice Thaawar Chand Gehlot Tuesday accused the UDF government in Kerala of delaying the investigations into the rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Perumbavoor on April 28, and said the police did not apply the relevant sections of the Atrocities Act in the case till he visited the state last week.
Gehlot, who recently met the 30-year-old victim’s family, said: “The victim held an SC certificate as her father is from the SC community, while her mother belongs to the Other Backward Class. The state administration decided to apply the relevant sections of SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities ) Act only on May 5 when they got to know of my visit. Moreover, the FIR was not registered on the day of the murder. Section 376 of the IPC that deals with rape was not even part of the initial FIR.”
A day ago, Gehlot tabled a report in the Rajya Sabha pointing out the lapses in the investigation.
Since the deceased was from the SC community, a senior police officer of the level of Deputy Superintendent of Police should have been made in charge of the investigation from the very onset, he said, adding the Kerala government formed an SIT and appointed DSP (Crime Branch) as the investigating officer only after the matter was raised in the Rajya Sabha.