UP: SHO suspended after delay in investigation of minor Dalit girl’s rape

The father of the Dalit girl committed suicide after the police forced a compromise between the survivor and the accused
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The Station House officer (SHO) of Amaria police station in UP’s Pilibhit was suspended as he allegedly caused delay in filing FIR and arresting accused persons involved in kidnapping and rape of a 11-year-old Dalit girl. The girl’s father, a farmer, committed suicide as the SHO, Mukesh Shukla, allegedly tried to force a compromise between the girl and the accused, reported The Times of India.

On May 9, as the minor girl was on her way to meet her father who was working in the farm, the accused, in their 20s, kidnapped her. The following day when the father filed a complaint, the SHO allegedly forced a compromise between the survivor and the accused, in the absence of the girl’s parents and the matter was then closed. After the case was closed, the girl’s father hanged himself from a tree and his body was found on May 17. Finally, an FIR was registered after this incident. Shukla (who was not suspended then) told TOI that the accused were Rahul, Dinesh and Rohit and they were booked under section 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape), 342 (wrongful confinement), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 306 (abetment to suicide) as well some sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

It has been alleged by the girl’s brother that she was abducted and taken to Kichha in Uttarakhand by the accused where she was raped by one of the accused and she was threatened of dire consequences if she told the cops.

A report was filed by SP, Pilibhit, Atul Sharma against Shukla and hence he was suspended. Further a detailed inquiry has been instituted against Shukla led by Circle Officer, Dr Prateek Dahiya.

Shukla even delayed the medical examination of the survivor who was finally sent for examination on May 20. Dr Anita Chaurasia told the publication that 11 days after the incident they can only identify healed scars of injury (if any).


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