The Himachal Police Thursday claimed that the Dharamshala sexual assault case was concocted and that the alleged victim had told them that no such incident had occurred.
Police also said the girl, who had complained to Dharamshala Government Degree College principal that her “sister” had been sexually exploited on campus, was not related to the “victim”.
“The whole story of alleged sexual assault/molestation has turned out to be fake. No such incident has happened either in the college or elsewhere. The girl whom the complainant mentioned has told police that no such thing ever happened,” Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Kumar said here.
In Dharamshala, too, SP Kapil Sharma said the alleged victim and her parents recorded their statements, denying any such incident. Police said the case unravelled after the complainant was traced on Thursday. She had gone missing after meeting the college principal on May 16. She was allegedly spotted by a police guard near the police lines ground at 7:45 am and he alerted ASP Shalini Agnihotri, a member of the SIT probing the case.
The complainant was taken into custody and her parents were called. She allegedly failed to provide any authentic information about the incident except that she was asked by the alleged victim to complain to the principal about the sexual assault case.
“Police then reached out to the student, who expressed shock at the report. Her parents endorsed her statement,” DGP Sanjay Kumar said.
“The so-called victim informed the police that she had not even met the complainant, who claimed to be her sister. Both are from the same village near Dharamshala but the victim has not met her for the past four years,” DGP Kumar added.
Reports of the alleged incident first appeared on social media. Police was initially clueless as nobody had lodged an official complaint. They had been looking for the complainant.
Both girls and their parents are under protective custody so that their statements can be recorded before the judicial magistrate under Section 164 of the CRPC.
Additional DGP (Law and Order ) Sanjay Kundu said the SIT will probe as to what led the girl to complain to the principal.