A married woman forced to return to her mother four months ago by her in-laws for not meeting dowry demands, was gang-raped in Jitauli village under Kankarkheda police station, allegedly by her estranged husband, brother-in-law and four sleuths of the Crime Branch on Tuesday night. The woman said she was dumped near Jitauli Railway crossing early on Wednesday.
Two days after a complaint was lodged by the woman, Kankarkheda police failed to make any arrest though she had named the four sleuths for sexually assaulting her.
Alka Singh, in-charge of the police station, told The Indian Express, “The SSP asked me to investigate the complaint of the woman but later directed me to concentrate on incidents of eve-teasing in the town and this was why I lost track of the case. The FIR in this connection has been lodged with Kankarkheda Police station.”
“Investigation is under way and we will take action only after confirming if the woman was actually raped or the charges were aimed at settling scores with her husband,” said Mahaveer, SHO of the police station.
The woman stated in her complaint that she filed a case against her husband and in-laws four months ago for mental and physical torture. “On Tuesday, two sleuths of the Crime Branch, Nawab and Veerpal, directed me to accompany them to the station to settle the issue with my husband to which I refused. They came again in the evening and this time I saw my husband accompanying them. I decided to go with them on seeing my husband,” the complaint said.
“I was taken to a house in Jitauli village where six persons including my husband, brother-in-law and four sleuths of Crime Branch raped me… I was thrown out of a moving car like a plastic bag at Jitauli railway crossing,” she told the SSP. SSP Onkar Singh said, “I have formed a joint team of Kankarkheda police and sleuths of the woman police station to ensure the guilty are nabbed soon.”
The woman has been getting threats on her mobile phone to withdraw the case.
Complete highway from Panipat to Jalandhar by march 31 next: sc to firm
New Delhi: The SC on Thursday resolved a long-pending dispute over the Panipat-Jalandhar highway project and directed private project concessionaire Soma Isolux to complete construction by March 31 next year.
A bench led by Justice Gyan Sudha Misra also allowed the concessionaire to shift the toll plaza before Karnal from 146 km to anywhere between 110 km and 117 km, within two months.
“The appellant (Soma) thereafter shall forthwith restart the construction including setting up of toll plaza at the agreed point and continue with construction of the remaining area of the highway project and shall complete the entire construction of the highway on or before March 31, 2015, failing which the appellant/concessionaire company shall be liable for penal consequences to be determined by the NHAI in terms of the concession agreement,” said the bench.