Friday, December 11, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Rape of Dalit minor: SC/ST panel to reopen case

Rape of Dalit minor: SC/ST panel to reopen case
Amrita Chaudhry Posted online: Friday , Dec 11, 2009 at 0124 hrs
Moga : The Punjab State Scheduled Caste Commission has decided to
reopen the case of a minor Dalit girl, of Ramuwala Kalan village,who
was allegedly raped by some villagers in August 2008. The victim gave
birth to a girl in April this year.
Though a case was registered by the Moga police at the Mehna police
station in April, it was later "closed" after the parents of the
victims said they did not want to pursue it. They had also refused to
identify the culprits.

Dalip Singh Pandhi, member of the Commission, said since the girl was
minor the case could not be closed by the police or any other agency.

"It is the duty of the district administration to pursue the case and
find out if there has been any political pressures to close the case,"
he added.

The commission has asked Director General of Police Paramdip Singh
Gill to send the file of this case to them to conduct an independent

"The DGP has assured that the police will conduct DNA tests of the
victim's baby and the suspects, including son of a local Congress
leader whose name figured during the initial inquiry," he added.


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