Court seeks report on 'police laxity' in gang-rape

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) A Delhi court Tuesday asked police to file a status report on a plea seeking registration of a first information report (FIR) against three policemen for alleged lapses in handling a five-year-old girl's gang-rape case.

Special Judge Narottam Kaushal sought the report from police by May 29. He was hearing a complaint filed by transparency activist Vivek Garg.

Garg sought the registration of an FIR against Assistant Commissioner of Police Bani Singh Ahlawat, Gandhi Nagar station house officer Inspector Dharampal Singh and Sub-inspector Mahavir Singh for allegedly threatening the victim's family and offering them money to hush up the matter.

The complainant also sought action against Ahlawat for assaulting and causing grievous hurt by slapping a 17-year-old girl protesting against the gang-rape.

The complainant said that the girl, who was kidnapped April 15 and allegedly raped by Manoj and Pradeep and kept in captivity for two days in east Delhi, could have been rescued earlier had police swung into action immediately.

By allegedly offering Rs.2,000 to the family of girl and not registering the FIR promptly, police committed a contempt of court, said the complaint.

The girl was abducted and kept hostage for two days without food and water in a room in which the attacker lived on the ground floor of a building in east Delhi's Gandhi Nagar. The girl's family also lived in the same building, police said.

The girl was rescued when members of her family heard her screams April 17, police said.


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