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ATRs indicate inconsistency in ‘rape’ victims’ versions

The victim’s statements were recorded thrice and every time a different Section was added to the FIR.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh |
October 10, 2012 2:09:55 am

The Action Taken Reports (ATR) pertaining to recent alleged incidents of rape in Haryana — and submitted by district police chiefs to state DGP R S Dalal on Tuesday — have indicated doubts regarding victim’s claim in one case and in another,the victim’s statements were recorded thrice and every time a different Section was added to the FIR.

In the case of alleged gangrape at Sandwa in Tosham,registered on September 30,the ATR reads,“The girl alleged that while she was going towards the house of her grandmother on September 29,three unknown youngsters came… forcibly gagged her and put her in the jeep. Out of three,one forcibly raped her. Her statement… was recorded before the judicial magistrate on October 1,wherein she stated that on September 29,when she was going through the street,three boys came and asked her to follow them in an unoccupied house. While one accused,Manoj,stood guard… the other two,Rakesh and Tony,raped her for about an hour…During the course of investigation,mobile call details of the accused as well as prosecutrix were obtained,which clearly reveal that the accused were known to the prosecutrix. They even had a conversation with each other a couple of hours before the incident…The medical examination of the victim revealed that there were no signs of struggle or fresh injury. The corroborative evidence,thus clearly indicate that it was a case of consensual intercourse.”

In the case registered in Rohtak on October 2,the ATR said the prosecutrix “had turned back on her assertions and stated that she did not want any action and also she and her mother declined to get medical examination done”.

In the case of Dabra village,where a 16-year-old was allegedly gangraped by eight youths,and four others recorded it on their mobile phones,the ATR does not mention the alleged MMS.

Regarding the alleged gangrape of a 30-year-old woman,the ATR mentions that the police recorded the victim’s statement thrice. The FIR was registered on charges of gangrape on September 21. The victim was cross-examined on September 22 and charges of criminal intimidation added to the FIR. On September 27,her statement was recorded in front of a judicial magistrate. On September 28,the police found that the accused had made a MMS of the rape,and charges under Information Technology Act were added to the FIR.

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