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Series of lapses: Medical report not complete, cops start probe a day late

September 15, 2018 06:06 AM

COURTESY TOI SEPT 5

Series of lapses: Medical report not complete, cops start probe a day late
None Held 2 Days After Gang Rape
Chetna.Choudhry TNN

Rewari:

Police were late to start the investigation into the gang rape of a 19-yearold woman. No arrests were made even two days later, though most of the suspects are believed to belong to the same village as the woman.


The woman had to travel all the way to Kanina on Friday to make a police statement, despite her condition. Even after that, only three men were named in the FIR whereas her family alleged the involvement of

12. Police also refused to make arrests, citing lack of staff who, they claimed, had been deployed at the chief minister’s programme in Mahendergarh. Villagers claimed police also did not pay heed to information about the spot where the woman was raped.

The woman was admitted to the Civil Hospital in Rewari on Wednesday night and her medico-legal report (MLR) was ready at 2.30am on Thursday. But the report missed vital test reports such as blood pressure and ECG and the swab sample test has no mention of collection of semen. “We realised the discrepancies after we took her to a private hospital in Rewari on Friday. Doctors said that the report was incomplete and they could not risk admitting her without knowing facts,” said Naresh Singh, a neighbour.

The girl was taken back to the Civil Hospital but only one doctor was managing the entire gynaecology and maternity ward and no other senior doctor arrived throughout Friday afternoon. But Dr Sudarshan Pawar, a senior medical officer at the hospital, told TOI over phone, “The girl is in severe trauma and needs supervision. We have appointed an entire team of doctors to treat her.”

The response from the law agencies has been even more disappointing. A zero FIR was registered at the women’s police station in Rewari on Wednesday night but the FIR was transferred to Mahendergarh police only on Thursday evening. Meanwhile, Kanina police said the crime had not taken place in their jurisdiction. However, they registered an FIR against three persons at 10.28pm on Thursday under sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc with intent to commit an offence), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent) and 376D (gang rape). No arrests were made till Friday evening, despite cops having identified the accused. Police also didn’t investigate where the girl was taken and gang-raped.

“The villagers had noticed Nishu’s (one of the three men named in the FIR) car parked at a house that has a tubewell. Some 8-9 men from the village visited the house and had a get-together in the same time frame. The circumstances match the girl’s description and we told police to nab the person who owns the house to get some leads. But police told us that they did not have sufficient staff as most cops had gone for the chief minister’s programme,” said Abhay Singh, ex-sarpanch of the village.

Villagers alleged that on Friday, the woman was made to wait for four hours by Kanina police during which her condition deteriorated before she could give a statement. She was then taken to a private hospital in Rewari which refused to admit her over the incomplete medico-legal report and was taken back to the Civil Hospital.

On Friday evening, Pratibha Suman, chairperson of Haryana state commission for women, visited Rewari and met the woman and her family. She asked to see the medical report and assured of action against officials concerned. “We will check police’s role in the primary investigation. In case of any dereliction of duty, we will take action against them,” said Suman

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