Sexual assault: no action yet despite DGP’s word,says victim

It has been three weeks since the Haryana Director General of Police had assured justice to a Yamunanagar resident...

Written by Nainu Rohtaki | Panchkula | Published: February 7, 2009 3:14:46 am

It has been three weeks since the Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) had assured justice to a Yamunanagar resident,who had knocked on his doors demanding action against a senior IPS officer in a sexual assault case.

The 36-year-old woman,an advocate,is still awaiting justice as no action has been taken yet against the officer. Officials at the DGP office refused to divulge any information on the issue.

On January 12,high drama was witnessed at the Haryana Police headquarters in Sector 6,Panchkula,when the woman sat on a dharna outside the DGP’s office,alleging inaction in the case. According to the woman,the senior officer had sexually assaulted her in 2002 when he was posted as a superintendent of police in Yamunanagar. It was only after a daylong wait without food and water that she had managed to meet DGP Ranjiv Dalal. After she pleaded her case before him,the DGP had assured her of quick action. Dalal had promised that her case would be forwarded to the Haryana Home ministry since it involved a senior IPS officer.

“Ever since,I have been trying to contact various officials,asking about the progress in my case. But every officer at the police headquarters is passing the buck and no action has been taken till now. My efforts to contact the DGP again have also proved futile. Also,unlike what the officers had claimed then,I have not been asked to submit any document or proof against the IPS officer,” said the woman. She added: “I have been continuously getting threat calls and have long been avoiding going out alone.” She said she would wait for a few more days and then go to Panchkula again and sit on a dharna at the police headquarters till the time action is taken.

The woman had lodged a case of dowry harassment against her husband and in-laws in 2002,during the investigation of which she was allegedly assaulted by the officer. The woman said it was after the frequency of the threat calls,demanding that she stop pursuing the case against the officer,increased that she finally decided to meet the DGP.

While Dalal could not be contacted,ADGP V N Rai said he did not know anything because he was not dealing with the case. Talking to Newsline,a spokesperson of the police headquarters said: “The DGP had ordered that the case be forwarded to the home ministry,but whether it has been done is not known yet. Also,since this involves a senior IPS officer,the investigation is being carried out secretly.” When asked why the status of the case was being kept a secret from the victim too,the official preferred silence.

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