Police have registered a case against the 18 accused under relevant sections of IPC and Pocso Act
The girl and her mother were raped for almost two months in a village near Kaithal’s Kalayat town
The accused are yet to be arrested
Kaithal superintendent of police (SP) Astha Modi told TOI the case had been registered against seven policemenand11others,including a sarpanch and a former sarpanch, on the basis of the survivor’s complaint on October 2 under Sections 376 D (gang rape), 323 (punishment for voluntary causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement), 384 (punishment for extortion), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.
Seven police personnel booked in the case have been identified as assistant sub-inspectors (ASI) Shamsher Singh, Roshan Lal and Dhanpati, exempted ASI Bajir Singh, head constable Randeep and constables Dilavar and Isham Singh.
The other 11 accused are Birbal, Surjeet, Mehar Singh, Balvinder, Rajesh, Chanderbhan, Ramdhari, Devender, Chanderbhan Singh, Sonu and Gulab Singh.
“The survivor alleged ASI Shamsher Singh had raped her and her mother at their house multiple times while rest of the accused were standing outside and supported him.
However, no arrest has been made so far in this case,” the SP added.
When contacted, the main accused, ASI Shamsher Singh said all the allegations levelled by the survivor were baseless. He said, “The girl’s father is an advocate and she is hatching a conspiracy at his behest to defame me and others.”
About three months ago, the minor survivor had registered a case of molestation against her father who was lodged in the jail, SP Modi said. The matter was sorted out when the survivor gave a written statement that the allegations she had levelled against her father were not true.
At the time, the survivor had told the police that prominent persons of her village had prevented her and her mother from approaching the police against her father.