Dalit girl's rape: Letter from school principal's confirms she is minor
Amrita Chaudhry Posted online: Wed May 26 2010, 03:55 hrs
Moga : The case of rape of a Dalit girl, from Ramuwala Kalan village,
took a new turn, when the principal of government primary school,
Ramuwala Kalan, submitted a letter to the
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) commission recently, stating
her date of birth in school records as October 7, 1993, making her a
This development took place after the state education department held
an inquiry at the local village school and submitted the report with
the SC/ST commission, which is conducting an inquiry into this matter.
Dalip Singh Pandhi, member Punjab State SC/ST commission confirmed the
development and said, "This letter has made it clear that the police
had built up a false case to try and save the culprits."
The civil and police authorities had been claiming that the girl was a
major and did not wish legal action against the alleged accused
The police then stopped the investigation process and filed an
application before the district and sessions' court requesting it to
close the case.
The case of rape had come to light when the girl gave birth to a baby
in April last year.
An FIR was lodged against six persons under Sections 376 and 506 of
the IPC. SP (D) Gurmeet Singh who was investigating the case claimed
that father of the girl had filed an affidavit that his daughter was
above the age of 18 and she willingly developed relations with the
He demanded cancellation of the case stating that nobody was at fault.
In order to hush up the case, the girl was married-off to a man in
Jalandhar district in February this year, violating the provisions of
the Prohibition of Child Marriages Act, 2006. The SC/ST commission
will now carry on further investigations into the case.
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