In a major revelation, the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday exposed the Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with the brutal gang-rape of a woman and her daughter in Bulandshahr district, saying that the crucial (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) POCSO Act was missing from the FIR, which was a clear flouting of the law.
NCW chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam said the police’s attitude towards the incident showed its apathy.
“The whole case is dependent on the FIR. When a minor girl has been gang-raped, there should have been POCSO. From NCW, we are clear that this is police apathy and callousness. They are trying to cover up the matter. There is a huge difference between what they are saying in front of the media and what they are actually doing,” she said.
She further revealed that 15 persons were neither arrested nor detained, adding that only eight persons were detained and the family has identified three.
Kumaramangalam stated when the enquiry team of the NCW was going to Noida to the victim’s place, the police took the family to Bulandshahr and their phones were forcefully switched off.
“When our team reached Bulandshahr, they were not allowed to meet for an hour. When our team said that you cannot stop us from meeting them, at least not legally, they were allowed to meet. The team got to know that the girl has high fever and she did not eat anything since morning and she was not given any medicine,” she added.
She said when DGP Javeed Ahmed came, instead of meeting the victims, he was given Guard of Honour first.
“After that, he (DGP) went to see the site and at last he came and met the victims and gave them two cheques each of Rs. 50,000 and told them that the Chief Minister is very much worried in this case and assured of justice,” she added.