Residents of Bagbera protest in front of the SSP’s office on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Relatives of a minor girl have alleged that police refused to lodge a harassment complaint against the son of an RPF constable because the victim belonged to a backward caste.
Parents of the 13-year-old — who is allegedly being groomed by her 20-year-old Bagbera neighbour over phone — on Friday submitted a memorandum to DSP (law and order) Kanhaiya Upadhyay, accusing local police of caste discrimination.
The DSP has promised an inquiry into the allegations.
According to relatives, the student of Indira Vidya Jyoti School in Harharguttu was gifted a mobile phone by Rajesh Kumar, who spoke to her till late every night. Her parents did not approve of the youth’s advances. When he did not mend his ways, they decided to seek police help.
“Yesterday (Thursday), her parents went to Bagbera thana, but were insulted and driven away,” said Shravan Kumar, a close relative.
He said assistant sub-inspector (ASI) T.P. Singh refused to lodge an FIR because the victim was from a lower caste and her “tormentor” was the son of an RPF constable.
“The OC (Shailendra Kumar) was not in the thana and the ASI was in charge. He was told how the boy was harassing the girl. He straightaway asked which caste the girl belonged to and when told the same, he said a complaint cannot be taken. He said the girl was at fault,” the relative said.
He also claimed that ASI Singh was infuriated when he heard that the parents were seeking an FIR against a policeman’s son.
“When I told the ASI that the caste of a victim was not necessary to lodge an FIR, he drove us away from the police station,” Shravan Kumar said.
Angry family members knocked on the SSP’s door on Friday afternoon and in his absence, submitted the memorandum to Upadhyay.
“We have received the complaint against the ASI. The matter will be probed and, if the officer is found guilty of delinquency, he will be punished,” the DSP said, adding that justice would be done.