Posted On Monday, November 12, 2012 at 09:00:05 AM
Bangalore: Police officials looking into the alleged child abuse case involving French consular official Pascal Mazurier are taking a leaf out of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) books to take their investigations forward.
|French consular official Pascal Mazurier has been accused of sexually abusing his daughter
They have decided to serve a detailed questionnaire on suspects, including Mazurier, and witnesses including authorities at Baptist Hospital where a vaginal swab test was conducted on the minor victim on June 13.
Mazurier has to reply to the questionnaire on Monday. “On getting a reply to the main questionnaire and supplementary questions (if needed) from hospital authorities, we will serve a questionnaire on Suja Jones, wife of Mazurier, who accused him of raping their four-year-old child.
If we come across evidence that Suja had filed a false case against her husband, a criminal case will be registered against her. If there is any evidence against the hospital showing malafide interest on thepart of doctors who conducted tests on the victim, similar action will be taken against them,’’ a senior police officer probing the case told Mirror.
DNA test throws up questions
A DNA test conducted on the child re vealed that her blood samples did not match the vaginal swab test conducted at Baptist Hospital. The question now is whether the child had indeed been sexually abused, as alleged.
“We will come to a conclusion only after questioning the hospital authorities and Suja, and collecting evidence subsequently,’’ the officer added. Bangalore police investigating the case are not taking any chances, especially since this high-profile case has been throwing up question after question from day one.
The DNA report analysing Pascal’s DNA said the swab samples did not match his blood sample. And now, another DNA report shows that the swab samples do not belong to the victim. So, police want to get things cleared.
“We are preparing the questionnaire as there are many unanswered questions. After getting answers from the doctors, we will also serve Suja a questionnaire. Based on the answers, we will physically call both parties,” a police officer said.
What baptist hospital says
Meanwhile, Baptist Hospital issued a statement on Saturday after a report was published in Mirror saying that the swabs obtained by them diod not belong to Mazurier’s child.
The hospital said they followed all legalities and have documentary evidence to substantiate that the swabs were in fact obatined from his daughter. In the statement, Dr Naveen Thomas, chief of medical staff and deputy director of Baptist Hospital, said, “All protocols and procedures were followed in the collection and preservation of swabs.
On June 13, a three-and-a-half-year old girl was brought to the hospital with a complaint by the mother that she had a suspicion that the child had been sexually assaulted. She did not wish to inform the police about this fact at that juncture. “Immediately, the child was interviewed, examined and swabs taken.
The swabs were tested and the test results were received from the pathologist on June 14 around 2 pm. Confirmed and written reports were obtained at 4 pm. The test results confirmed acute sexual assault.
“Immediately, upon receipt of the test results, the hospital informed the mother. A written report to the police was sent at 7 pm on the same day.
The provisional medical certificate was collected by the police on June 15. Police came to collect the evidence and samples on June 16. All these events are documented very clearly and records available with the hospital.”