Lucknow, IE

A dalit gangrape victim, who had gone to lodge a complaint, was allegedly beaten up by station officer (SO) of Jahangirabad police station in Bulandshahr district on Friday. The SO was allegedly forcing her to withdraw the name of the main accused, who is the son of a local corporator.

The three accused, who were summoned for an inquiry, were allowed to go from the police station before the case was registered.   SSP Nitin Tiwari said a case of gangrape has been registered on the victim’s complaint and she has been sent for medical examination.

A team from Mahila police station has also been sent to record her statement and action will be taken if the girl speaks about any harassment at the police station, Tiwari said.   The victim’s father, who is a roadside vendor, said his 16-year-old daughter was sleeping on the terrace of their house in Lodhan locality late on Wednesday night when local corporator Om Prakash’s son Shanker and his friends Vinod and Neeraj forcibly dragged her to a building in the same locality.

He alleged that Shanker and his friends raped his daughter and threatened her not to tell her family members or others about the matter.   The girl’s father, along with some locals reached the Jahangirabad police station Friday morning to lodge a complaint, where, he said, SO Manoj Pathak summoned the corporator, his son and two of his friends.   However, Shanker denied his involvement in the crime and claimed that the girl was having a love affair with a local youth named Ved, and that he had raped her.   While the girl denied having seen or met anyone by that name ever, the SO slapped her and asked a woman constable to beat her up, alleged the victim’s father.   T

he SO allegedly forced the girl to withdraw Shanker’s name and lodge the complaint against Ved. The girl, however, refused.   The FIR of gangrape was lodged later, following the intervention of the SSP, but the SO let the named accused go from the police station.   When enquired about the release of the accused, the SSP said he will be arrested on the basis of the findings of the investigation and the medical examination of the girl.