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HC raps cops for delay in filing report

TIMES OF INDIA

NEW DELHI: Blaming Delhi Police’s for failure to book brothel owners for repeated sexual exploitation of minor girls, the Delhi high court demanded details of the number of rescue operations carried out in the brothels in the last one-and-a-half years.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru on Wednesday asked the Delhi government and police to specify the operations in which FIR’s were registered, investigations were done and chargesheets were filed.

The court acted on suo motu cognizance of a newspaper report. The report had highlighted the failure of Delhi Police to register an FIR of gang rape after a girl was rescued from a brothel. The court was anguished to find that the FIR was lodged much later. Latest amendment in the anti-rape law makes any delay by a police officer in registering a case of such nature a cognizable offence, for which she/he can be prosecuted, it said.

“Why don’t you take action against the person who delayed the registration of the case?” the bench said. It also asked the NGO involved in the rescue of the girls to lodge a complaint against the cops responsible. The court has given four weeks’ time to the authorities to furnish all details.

One of the rescued girls has returned to West Bengal and is staying with her parents, amicus curiae Zubeda Begum said. However, another victim who was rescued at the same time, was sent to Nari Niketan since “the girl belonged to Nepal and her parents could not be traced.”

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