Noida: A major blunder was made by the police in the Noida rape case after they gave away the personal details of a 17-year-old rape victim in a live press conference.
It is in clear violation of the law that prohibits the disclosure of such information in order to protect the victim's identity.
The Superintendent of Police of Noida made the comment during a press conference on Sunday. He later defended himself and claimed that he didn't reveal the identity of the class tenth rape victim and instead blamed the mistake on a lower rank officer.
The case was related to the alleged gangrape of a 17-year-old in a moving car on Friday night.
Meanwhile, the fifth accused in the case, Neeraj, was arrested on Monday. Earlier, the police had arrested four accused - Himanshu Sharma, Rahul Arya, Saurabh and Sunil.
The police claims that the victim knew one of the accused. She had gone to his birthday party on Friday evening, where the other three were also present. On their way back from the party, the four men got together and allegedly raped her.
"Investigations revealed that the victim was known to accused. On Friday evening, the girl had gone with them for birthday celebration of one of the accused. There she was given a sedative laced drink," said Anant Dev, Superintendent of Police.
"Thereafter, she was taken in car and gangraped by the five accused," he said. Earlier, the girl had claimed that she was dragged into the vehicle as she was waiting for her father at a bus stop last night and gangraped.
"Though initially there was suspicion that the accused had made her MMS and had threatened to post it on the net if she goes to police but this could not be verified. The accused were being questioned in detail," said Dev.
However, the victim's mother said that the girl was forced to have alcohol by the boys, that she was not a 17-year-old as the police claims, but 15, and that the MMS clip was still with the boys and that the police had failed to acquire it from them.
"The police shouldn't have revealed her name and address. By doing this they've put her future in danger," said the victim's mother. "My daughter never has alcohol, she was forced by the boys. The police are tarnishing her image. All these statements are baseless," she said, crying.
Meanwhile, the ADG Law and Order, Subesh Kumar has said that he has tasked the Meerut IG to prepare a detailed report on the incident. He said, "I have spoken to IG Meerut range and asked him to give a detailed report. Under what circumstances were these remarks made, that needs to be looked into. Looking at the sensitivity of the nature as a matter of principle, we don't reveal the identity of the victim."
The NCW is reportedly planning to send a notice to the Noida police. Kumar said, "Once we get a notice from the NCW, we will give a reply to it."
(With additional information from PTI)