New Delhi: Taking suo motu cognisance of the Bulandshahr minor rape case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to explain why a minor rape victim was locked up in the jail when she approached the police to file a complaint. The apex court has asked the state government to submit its reply by Monday.
The 10-year-old girl and her mother were put behind the bars when they reached a police station in Bulandshahr to file an FIR. "They slapped me," the girl, who spent more than 15 hours in the jail along with her mother, alleged.
The two women constables, who had allegedly locked up the girl and her mother, have been suspended and the SSP of the town has accepted that it was a blunder. "The policewomen made a mistake. They should not have put the minor in jail. They were summoned and then suspended. Both were constables in office for less than a year. They must undergo training again," said SSP Gulab Singh.
He, however, defended the police saying it was a stray incident and not reflective of the attitude of the entire police force. Meanwhile, the accused, a local goon, has been arrested. "I caught the girl stealing. I told her not to steal and now they have filed a complaint against me," he claimed.
But the mother of the survivor, who said she is being threatened, is afraid for the well being of her family. "They told me that once they get out, they will kill me. What can I do now?" she said.
Though two police constables are currently stationed outside the house of the rape survivor, it is a temporary arrangement made for their security and won't last forever. All that the girl and her mother are hoping now is that the fear of law proves to be stronger than the alleged open threats made by the family of the accused.