Jamshedpur, Oct. 6: A five-member team led by City DSP, Anupeep Singh left for Howrah to probe into gang rape case of a 25-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by three youths in the city including her boyfriend.
After the city police filed an FIR at Sakchi Mahila police station on Friday, 36 hours after the incident, SSP AnoopBirtharay set up the probe team and ordered thorough investigation. The probe team comprises DSP (Head quarter-1) Pawan Kumar, Sakchi police station in-charge Madan Sharma and others.
The victim was found in a wretched condition near Gandhi Ghat along the Subernarekha river under Sakchi police station area early Thursday morning. The girl who was bleeding from the head and mouth was in semi-nude condition and allegedly gang-raped.
According to the victim said a youth, Mohammed Maqsood, had befriended with her a few months ago and they got close.Maqsood would stay in at her neighbourhood at Howrah. He brought her here in the steel city. The culprit promised the victim that he will marry her. He also had physical relation with her. Later two of his friends also joined him and raped her one after another.
The probe team will now interrogate the relatives of the girl. The police have spoken to the victim’s elder sister and will now meet other family members to know the consequences that led to the incident.
Cases of rape of minors and molestation of women are on the rise inthe steel city. Several cases of heinous crime have been reported for fringe areas especially like Mango, Parsudih and Bagbera.
Even cases relating to cheating minor girls in the guise of love and marriage too have gone up. Experts blame it on inactive police administration which is said to be indifferent to control criminal activities and influx of criminals from outside.
“The situation has fast changed in our city. Women are not feeling safe now. Steps need to be taken to ensure their protection. I am of the opinion that failure of police in arresting rape accused and people’s reluctance to file FIR regarding rape are some of the factors behind rising molestation cases”, Alpna Chakravarty says, an activist working for NGO.
Another senior police officer said that crime cannot be controlled till there is a change in human consciousness. However, police are trying to give exemplary punishment to criminals.