Human Rights Commission orders probe into minor’s rape in Rajasthan

Jaipur: Rajasthan Human Rights Commission today ordered a probe into the alleged gangrape of a five-year-old girl who is in a crticial condition at a hospital in Sikar. Taking cognisance of the case, Chairperson of the Commission H R Kudi ordered an enquiry into the incident and he, along with Inspector General Sunil Dutt, today visited the hospital where the girl is admitted and met her family members.

“It was a very horrific incident and appropriate legal action will be taken against public servants who were found guilty of mishandling the case,” Kudi told PTI. “As per the reports, police did not take prompt action to search the missing girl and there was delay in registering the FIR. Her mother went from one police station to another police station in search of the girl and then for registering the FIR when she found the girl in an injured state. This is shocking.

“There was also negligence on part of the hospital in Sikar in starting treatment of the girl. All these aspects will be covered under the investigation. If necessary, FIR would be registered against the responsible public servants,” he said. The girl was allegedly gangraped by two persons near Kalyan circle in Sikar on Thursday night. The victim was sleeping with her mother and siblings on roadside when the accused took her away and gangraped her before abandoning her near bushes in injured condition, police said.

Later, the victim’s mother alerted other people sleeping on the pavement and also informed local police station but her complaint was not taken seriously. After the girl’s mother, who earns livelihood by selling glassware, did not get any help from police, she searched the girl on her own and found her in the morning yesterday. She took her to the government hospital in Sikar for treatment from where she was referred to JK Lone hospital in Jaipur.

“After the negligence came to light, Kalyan circle chowkey in charge Sub-Inspector Laxman Singh was suspended yesterday. We have detained the two accused Ram Singh and Babulal and being interrogated,” Superintendent of Police, Sikar, Akhilesh Kumar said. “The girl was operated upon last night for nearly three hours. There are severe internal injuries and it may take 2-3 months for healing. She needs to be hospitalised for nearly two weeks,” Dr Ashok Gupta, Superintendent of JK Lone hospital said. He said that vital parameters of the girl were stable though next 36 hours are critical for her.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria said action against the guilty officials will be taken. Kataria, talking to reporters in Tonk, said the incident is a blot on the image of police and appropriate action against those found guilty in delaying in registering FIR or in the victim’s treatment in Sikar will be taken.

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