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Rape victim commits suicide at police HQ; accused cops flee
June 10, 2008 14:42 IST
Last Updated: June 10, 2008 16:44 IST
The two Haryana policemen accused of raping a woman from Rohtak, who committed suicide at the Haryana police headquarters in Panchkula on Monday, are absconding and the case has been transferred to the Crime Branch for further investigations, the police said on Tuesday.
The victim was allegedly raped by head constable Balraj Singh and constable Silk Ram of Rohtak crime branch on April 10. On Monday, she submitted a written complaint to Additional Director General of Police V B Singh and committed suicide in his office, at the Haryana police headquarters in Panchkula.
"Both are absent from duty and absconding. They have been suspended and the case will now be investigated by Superintendent of Police (crime) Rajinder Singh," said Rohtak police chief Hanief Qureshi.
The policemen had summoned the woman to the police station -- as her husband had been rounded up in a motorcycle theft case -- and allegedly raped her. The shocking incident, which occurred in the home district of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has battered the 'people-friendly' image of the state police. Barely a month ago, another victim of gangrape, a nurse, stripped and tore her clothes in Yamunanagar to protest alleged inaction in nabbing the accused.
The rape victim, who is survived by two daughters and her husband, had accused the Rohtak police of protecting the two cops, who had allegedly assaulted her.
A medical board had been set up to conduct an autopsy. The victim also left behind a suicide note saying she was taking the extreme step out of frustration and the two accused cops should be held responsible for her death.
The victim had even appeared in the 'open darbar' of Haryana's Director General of Police, Ranjiv Dalal in Panchkula a week back, complaining against the Rohtak police of not initiating any action against the accused.