Posted On Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 07:59:11 AM
New Delhi: Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports about the detention of a 10-year-old rape victim by police in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the state government.
The incident took place on Sunday when the girl had gone to a general store close to her house to buy some essentials. She was reportedly taken away by the accused who raped her and fled.
When the victim went to the station with her parents to file a complaint, she was detained and kept behind bars for several hours. “How can the police detain a tenyear- old girl?” a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir asked.
The court has sought an explanation from the state government on Monday (April 15), when it will take up the matter for further hearing.
When the incident came to light, two women constables who were on duty at the time were suspended, while the Mahila Thana in-charge, Gayashree Chauhan, and sub-inspector Sarita Dwivedi, were later removed. On Tuesday, police had claimed to have arrested the accused who allegedly raped the minor.
Notic to up cops for giving 5-year-old electric shocks
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh Police for allegedly torturing a five-year-old boy by subjecting him to electric shocks.
"The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that in an alleged case of theft, a five-year-old boy was severely tortured by police in Lucknow," said a statement from the NHRC.
It added that "the boy, a student of Class 1, was picked up by police on February 2 and subjected to severe torture, including electric shocks to his ears". However, police denied the allegations and said that the victim was beaten up before being handed over to them. - IANS