In a shocking revelation, the Haryana Police on Saturday revealed that an army man was among those who gang-raped the CBSE topper last week.
Haryana police chief BS Sandhu said, “Pankaj Fauzi is one of the accused who is working in an army unit in Rajasthan. A police team has gone to Rajasthan to arrest him. I am sure that he will be arrested today.” Sandhu added that all the three men were teenager.
The news of the CBSE topper’s kidnapping followed by her gang-rape had sent shockwaves across India. The state’s BJP government came under condemnation for not taking swift action in nabbing the culprits. None of the accused has been arrested yet.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen Cherish Mathson, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief South Western Command said that his forces did not shelter criminals and if ‘an army personnel is involved in the crime we will ensure that the person is caught and booked for rape.’
The victim, a second-year student, was on her way to the coaching when she was attacked a group of men, who dragged her to a nearby field and took turns in raping her. All the rapists, according the girl, are from her village.
“My daughter was rewarded by Modi ji after she topped the CBSE board exams. Modi ji says ‘beti padho, beti bacho‘, but how? I want justice for my daughter. Police have taken no action yet,” the woman’s mother was quoted by ANI.
The police first filed a Zero FIR before converting that into a regular FIR. A Zero FIR is when the police station files the complaint even though the crime has not taken place in its jurisdiction.
Station house officer (SHO), women police station, Heeramani Devi was quoted by Hindustan Times, “We received the complaint from the victim, who was taken for medical examination. After medical examination, we registered a case of gangrape against three youths and sent the zero FIR to Kanina police for further investigation.”
Haryana has a terrible record on crimes against women. In July this year, it had emerged that as many as 40 men had gang-raped a 22-year-old girl for four days in an isolated guesthouse in the state’s Panchkula district.