Bariatu police station where the rape FIR was lodged
Appalled by “rape province” Uttar Pradesh and its government’s severe apathy? Look closer home.
An 18-year-old victim of an alleged gang rape in the Jharkhand capital is being made to wait for over two days for a medical examination for reasons best known to police who have barred the girl from bathing till the test.
A gang of five, including the son of a Jharkhand Police personnel, allegedly attacked the teenager at Jogo Hill in Edalhatu area of Ranchi late on Friday evening.
After the victim informed Bariatu police on Saturday, the latter swung into action and nabbed three among the accused five.
The trio are Jitendra Oraon, who is a constable’s son, and his friends Sandeep Lakra, a resident of Morabadi, and Shankar Saw, a resident of Joda Talab. They were produced in court and sent to Birsa Munda Central Jail for 14 days.
The trio might find a legal leeway if the victim, who is waiting for the mandatory test for 60 hours now, is unable to provide a medical report to back her charges.
An officer at Bariatu police station sounded unfazed over the delay and offered a litany of lame excuses.
“Yesterday (Saturday), when the accused were arrested, it was already late in the night. Today is Sunday. So, the victim will be sent for medical test on Monday,” he said.
On whether the delay would affect the medical findings to prove gang rape, he nonchalantly added: “She has been asked not to take a bath.”
City SP Anoop Birtharay made a desperate attempt at damage control when confronted on Sunday. “Medical examination in case of a rape must be done as early as possible,” he said. He refused to comment further “before speaking to the officer-in-charge of Bariatu thana”.
The Telegraph once again contacted the senior officer after he spoke to OC (acting) Ajay Kumar. “Last night I am told there was no doctor available for the test at Ranchi Sadar Hospital. Today is Sunday,” the city SP said.
He also echoed his juniors when he said “proper precaution (the girl being asked not to shower for three days)” had been taken to ensure the report was accurate once the test was done on Monday.
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