The police officials at the Chandapa police station- the first to be approached by the victim’s family after the alleged gangrape, did not follow the laid down procedures of recording the statement and sent the girl for medical examination. This was revealed by the Central Bureau of Investigation’s chargesheet in the Hathras case.
The investigation agency based its charges on the victim’s statement, which was considered as her ‘dying declaration.’ In the statement recorded on September 22, the victim accused four youth of her village of raping and then trying to strangulate her. Moreover, the accused were also unable to provide convincing alibis about them not being present at the scene of the crime during the time of the incident.
A senior police official even stated that reacting to the charges of lapses, five cops including the SP was suspended. This was immediately after the government came to know about their negligence. He added that the CBI took the FIR that had all the sections under which the accused were charged. Additionally, it was the UP government that had recommended the CBI probe without any demand from the victim’s family.
The chargesheet which was filed in a special court at Hathras pointed out that the police officials at the local Chandpa police station committed the mistake of not properly recording the victim’s statement as per the mandate of Section 154 of the CrPC. This was when the victim and her family reached to report the crime on September 14.
According to the report by the CBI, the FIR lodged by the victim’s brother clearly said that ‘the accused Sandeep tried to strangulate her with and intention to kill her.’ Even the victim, in one of her recordings, mentions ‘zabardasti’ (using force) but was still not sent for medical examination, and valuable forensic evidence could not be saved.
Additionally, no woman officer or the station house office at Chandapa police station bothered to examine the victim till September 19. Only on September 22, when she explicitly mentioned “balatkar” (rape) in her statement at Aligarh hospital and then mentioned the four accused was she sent for medical examination.
The negligence during the handling of the case by the police as well as the concerned authorities clearly led to the delay in the examination of the victim said CBI. Also, the lapse led to the non-collection of crucial evidence promptly added the chargesheet. It even mentioned that the prime accused Sandeep had an affair with the victim.
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