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Punjab: HC takes up Patiala rape-suicide case, issues notice to police

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Dec 28, 2012 at 02:37pm IST

New Delhi: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday took suo motu cognisance of the Patiala rape-suicide case and issued a notice to the Inspector General of Police over the incident. CNN-IBN had reported how the minor girl was driven to suicide after her rapists threatened her with dire consequences and the local police failed to act on her complaint.

The minor was raped on Diwali by two men, and despite the fact that she went on camera to narrate her ordeal over a month back, no arrests were made.

On Thursday, after the victim's suicide came to light, the Punjab government dismissed the local SHO and two other policemen. Inspector General of Police, Patiala, PS Gill said that the SHO not only delayed the registration of case but did not even inform the senior officers about the incident. The two accused, and a woman accomplice, too were arrested only on Thursday.

The girl in her suicide note had stated that she was harassed and scared. Her family claimed that the police did not act on their complaint against the accused men, who belonged to the same village as them. The girl's family also alleged that the local police asked her obscene questions when she went to file a complaint.

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