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‘Raped’ by cops,girl loses villagers’ support too

The 19-year-old victim stands alone in her complaint against the police.

Written by Santosh Singh | Gopi Natwar,chhapra |
August 26, 2011 1:49:56 am

Four days after being arrested for her alleged involvement in the death of 14-year-old Deepak Rai,Gita (name changed) was reportedly raped in police custody. While a medical examination has confirmed the assault,the 19-year-old victim stands alone in her complaint against the police.

Although the district administration acted swiftly,suspending the officer in charge of the Manjhi police station and transferring 10 other policemen,nobody from the village has turned up to support Gita. The reason: they say that the girl conspired with her 18-year-old boyfriend and nephew Chandan to kill Deepak.

Gita was arrested on August 14,on the charge of killing Deepak,a Class IX student,on the intervening night of August 12 and 13. While she alleged that Deepak had attempted to rape her,the boy’s family members say that he was killed as he had come to know about Gita’s affair with Chandan.

Sent to Chhapra Jail,Gita was remanded to police custody on August 18 and kept in the lock-up at Manjhi police station,where she was reportedly drugged and raped.

“As the girl has not named any individual policeman,we are questioning her to narrow down on the accused,” said Saran DIG Sunil Kumar.

Deepak’s family allege that the police “recorded only the girl’s version”,and even put pressure on them to record his age as 17 years. Deepak’s father,Balram Rai,is a farmer.

Gita’s father,Achaldev Rai,works in a factory in Kolkata. Accompanied by his wife and three children,he has left the village now.

Achaldev’s elder brother,Kripal Rai,is Chandan’s grandfather. “Deepak was my grandson’s friend. The girl made some nasty allegation about him,and my grandson was unnecessary dragged into this,” he said. “Yes,I have learnt about the police misbehavior,but what can I do?”

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