DCW Chief asks police to add rape sections in Bulandshahr case, writes to UP CM
Delhi Commission For Women Chief Swati Maliwal on Tuesday wrote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, asking to direct police to add sections of rape in the case of a minor girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by her neighbour in Bulandshahr.
Noting that the minor girl is currently admitted at a hospital in Delhi, Maliwal urged Adityanath to provide compensation to the victim’s family and ensure that the trial of the case takes place in a fast track court.
The girl is being treated at a hospital in Delhi.
Maliwal said the girl was brutally raped by a man in Bulandshahar, who inflicted several injuries on her and tried to strangulate her.
''I visited her in the hospital and she is in a very critical condition,'' Maliwal wrote in the letter.
The incident took place on October 15, when the victim’s parents had gone to work in the field and the girl was playing outside her home along with her two sisters. Around 12 noon, their neighbour, a 45-year-old man took the girl inside the house and raped her.
''Thereafter, he attacked her with a knife and tried to strangulate her and fled from the spot. Her five-year-old sister witnessed the whole incident,'' the letter stated.
The parents of the girl took her to a nearby hospital in Bulandshahr, but she was referred to a facility in Meerut. Due to her critical condition, she was eventually referred to Delhi.
Presently, the girl is admitted in a leading hospital in Delhi and has still not gained consciousness, she said.
''The doctors have informed me that she has several brutal injuries on her body. She has also developed a serious neurological issue due to a brain injury,'' she said.
In her letter, Maliwal claimed that ''the most shocking aspect of the case'' is that despite the brutality of the crime, while the UP Police registered an FIR in the matter, it failed to add sections of rape.
''This is deeply distressing. While the Commission is trying to assist the survivor and her family and is looking after their immediate medical and legal needs, you are requested to urgently issue orders to the UP Police to add relevant sections of rape to the FIR, take action against the negligent officers and provide protection to the girl and her family,'' the letter read. The parents of the survivor are daily wage laborers and come from a poor background, she said. ''... you are requested to urgently provide a considerable amount of compensation to the survivor. ''You are also requested to ensure a proper rehabilitation plan for the survivor to ensure that the girl leads a normal life in the future. The trial of the case should take place in a fast track court, so that the accused can be given exemplary punishment at the earliest,'' the letter read.
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