A teenage rape-survivor from Haryana has petitioned the Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging that the policemen had sexually harassed her as part of the investigation.
A report in The Times of India mentions that the 14-year-old girl told the court that male police officers from Kaithal, Haryana, stripped her while investigating the case and asked her to take off her clothes to find out whether she had been raped or not.
The report mentions that the girl had filed the case alleging rape by a known person on November 20, last year. After she filed the case, she was reportedly taken to the crime investigation agency (CIA) along with the accused, by the police, on November 23. In her petition, she reportedly said that the entire episode was more humiliating than rape.
“One CIA policeman asked me to show him (how she was raped) by opening the buttons of my shirt and then put his hand on my thighs,” she reportedly said in her petition. The report quotes her petition, where she adds that a policeman was holding on to her toes and another asked her to not reveal details of the incident to anyone, else her medical examination would not be complete.
The girl has asked for an FIR to be filed against the cops for violating various sections of the IPC and including the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
On Monday, Justice Rekha Mittal asked for a response from Haryana’s DGP to the girl’s petition.
According to data from 2015 by the NCRB, out of the 34,651 rape cases filed that year, the victims knew the perpetrators in 33,098 cases. Out of the total, 1,070 cases were from Haryana.