The Allahabad High Court reprimanded the mother of a gang rape for falsely alleging the detention of her daughter by the local police. The bench took cognizance of the alleged detention of the gang-rape victim in a police station, purportedly from a day after the court had pulled up the state police for lodging the FIR only after three months of the incident, and that too only upon the Court’s intervention.
A personal affidavit has also been filed Smt. Kunti, mother of the girl wherein she has stated that the girl in question has been detained in the police station by the police authorities since 16 October 2020. It is further stated that the police are not permitting the family members of the petitioner to meet the girl (victim).
The girl was produced before the court and on a specific query made by the court she had categorically stated that she was never detained by the Police Authority as such the affidavit filed by the mother of the victim girl appears to be false.
The bench directed the SSP to provide proper protection to the victim girl as well as her family members, also ordering him to ensure that the investigation in the matter be concluded expeditiously in accordance with law.
However, the bench expressed its disappointment at the failure of the erstwhile SHO, on a specific query as to why he did not register the FIR for gang rape promptly despite specific direction given by the SSP to offer any explanation.
The bench directed the SSP to ensure that the FIRs be registered promptly, particularly when the matters related to women relates to women and children, and that strict action be taken against the erring officials if any laches or laxity is found on their part.