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Uttar Pradesh: Uproar as minor rape survivor is locked up in women's police station


Shreya Dhoundial,CNN-IBN
Apr 09, 2013 at 10:25am IST

Bulandshahr: A ten-year-old rape survivor was put behind bars by the Bulandshahr police in Uttar Pradesh when she approached them for help. The child and her mother had gone to a women's police station to file the complaint of the rape.

The child and her mother, who spent several hours behind the bars, were freed only after locals created an uproar. Two women constables have been suspended while two sub-inspectors, including the station-in-charge, have been sent to police lines following the incident.

"The child is a minor. You can neither keep her behind bars nor can you hold her back as a victim in the station. This is wrong. If the lady constable has done this then we will definitely take appropriate action," SSP Gulab Singh said.

A local goon accused of raping the minor is absconding. The minor from Meerpur village was found lying unconscious in a field by her parents on Sunday night where she had been dumped after being allegedly raped.

UP Congress Committee president Rita Bahuguna Joshi called the incident "shameful" and demanded strict action against the guilty. "Instead of arresting the accused the police is arresting the girl. We have been saying this from one long time. No one is doing anything. I congratulate media for covering all these issues," she said.

"We want strict actions to be taken against the guilty. UP government has failed to do anything. Insensitivity of police and UP government is shown here. For the past ten years, UP is seeing total collapse in law and order situation. We should condemn it in all terms," she added.

An FIR was lodged with the police by survivor's parents but shockingly the staff of the women's police station detained her in the lock-up. The girl's medical examination will be conducted to confirm rape and investigations are on, Gulab Singh added.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)

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