Two men try to rape 15-year-old, cops file non-cognisable offence
Only after intervention from a social activist did the Tardeo police register an FIR
Despite all the talk of sensitisation of police staff vis-a-vis women-specific crimes, the Tardeo police made light of the complaint of a teenaged girl after two men tried to rape her. The cops took some action only after the survivor approached a social worker, who met with the senior cops, following which a special officer was appointed to investigate the matter.
According to the police officials, the two accused have been identified as Nikhil Makwana and Mayur Katkade. During a celebration in the neighbourhood, they forcibly took the 15-year-old girl who stays in their locality to an isolated spot, and molested her. A local happened to see what the accused were doing and raised an alarm, following which the teenager managed to escape.
An officer from Tardeo police station said, “The accused were looking at the victim and called out to her, claiming they had something important to tell her. But she ignored them and this angered the two. Following the girl’s refusal, Makwana caught her hand and took her to a secluded area behind the building. The accused then began abusing the survivor.”
The survivor’s mother said in her police statement, “My daughter came home crying and told us about what had happened. My husband was away at the time and I was scared to go to the police station alone. So I waited for him to return. As soon as he arrived, we went to the police station.”
But the family was let down by the police apathy that followed.The cops merely registered a non-cognisable complaint, lettingoff the two accused and sending the survivor and her parents home.
Jayshree Pandya, the social worker who helped the family, said, “Parents of the survivor were disappointed with the police. So they came to me with their problem and I contacted the deputy police commissioner. He appointed a woman sub-inspector from Nagpada police station, who was sent to Tardeo to record the statement of the survivor and her family.”
The accused duo has been booked under sections 354A (assault or criminal force to woman) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the Indian PenalCode. They have been remanded to police custody till January 6.
Police Inspector Sangram Pache of Tardeo police station said, “Initially, the girl had lied to her parents about details of the case, and on that basis we could only register a non-cognisable offence. But, later, as she gave us the true information, we registered an FIR in the case.”