After a shocker on September 3, from Haryana’s Sirsa, where an attempt to rape case was registered against Class 1 student, a Class 3 student was allegedly raped by a Class 6 boy of her school and his two younger brothers in Ramala region of Baghpat.
According to reports, the eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped inside the toilet of a government primary school.
The incident occurred 15 days back, but the local police refused to file an FIR. Station House Officer (SHO) Naresh Kumar even tried to force the survivor’s father to drop the charges.
On Monday evening, the girl’s health began deteriorating. Then the senior police officials were approached. He was removed by the district police chief.
Baghpat Superintendent of Police (SP) Pratap Gopendra Yadav said, “SHO Naresh Kumar was not supposed to engineer a compromise in this case. He was supposed to book all those who had committed wrongdoing,”
SP Yadav said, “The crime was allegedly committed by the eldest brother, who studies in Class 6. However, the victim’s father has also named his other two brothers, who were part of the group at that time. Whether they were also involved or not is a matter of investigation.”
An FIR has been filed against all three under IPC Section 376 (rape) and the POCSO Act.
The SP further said, “We sent the girl for medical examination on Tuesday and the report is awaited. Once she is stable we will get her statement recorded in the court and further action will be taken.”
“I have directed Circle Officer Ompal Singh to probe the allegations of police dereliction,” he added.
According to the survivor’s uncle, they were asked to remain silent by the panchayat elders as both the accused and the girl are from the same village. Even the teachers didn’t cooperate.
He said, “From the beginning, we were asked to remain silent. A day after the incident took place, about a fortnight ago, we had visited the teacher in the school, but she behaved as if nothing had happened. Since the accused also belonged to the same village, we were under great pressure from the panchayat elders not to take the matter to the police as it would bring a bad name to the village. The local SHO was hell-bent on ensuring a compromise. During all this, the girl’s health was continuously deteriorating after which we approached the Baghpat SP with our complaint.”