On Thursday a rape victim who got pregnant as a result of the sexual assault against her alleged in the Kerala High Court that the investigating officer (IO) did not take steps to conduct DNA testing of the fetus in the case.
The victim has alleged that “under the pretext” of complying with the High Court’s October 13 order to provide her and her minor with police protection through officers from another police station, rather than the one on which the crime was registered, the steps do not follow those required to perform the DNA test.
She informed the court that she did not want to continue the pregnancy and that the IO of the case had to take the necessary measures.
On October 13, the High Court issued the police protection order after the victim alleged that two agents, including the SHO, of the police station in question had molested her in cooperation with the accused.
Justice Devan Ramachandran then ordered that the handling of the matter or the interim order approved therein “must not interfere with the proper investigation and appropriate action be taken in the case.”
With the instruction, the court will further hear the matter on November 26th.
In the present case, the victim alleged that she was harassed not only by the accused but also by certain police officers and was therefore forced to go into hiding with a close relative.