Noida: The family of the 21-year-old woman who was raped and killed in Noida on Sunday claimed that the police filed the FIR only after they protested. The police is being criticised for refusing to register a missing complaint about the girl, only to find her strangulated semi-nude body later in Noida, Sector 63.
The victim's father claimed that the police moved the body of the girl without conducting the post-mortem. "The body was lifted without conducting the post-mortem. Victim's brother identified her, even then the Police didn't conduct the post-mortem."
The police said that the preliminary report showed injury marks around her neck and asphyxiation as the cause of the death of the girl. The vagina and viscera samples of the victim have also been sent for supplementary forensic tests by the police. The case has been filed by the Noida police under sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and 201 (destruction of evidence).
The deceased, a 23-year-old BPO employee had reportedly gone missing on Friday night. According to her family, the police had refused to file an FIR initially and tried to convince them that she would return. The family also claimed that she was sexually assaulted.
Despite all the outrage and protests over the Delhi gangrape incident, another young professional was allegedly been raped and killed. SSP Noida Pravin Kumar claimed, "We have arrested two people. We are still investigating. Strict actions would be taken against those found guilty."
Meanwhile, Union Home Secretary RK Singh said that a policeman should be suspended immediately if he refuses to register a complaint. "There should not be any hesitation in suspending any policeman who refuses to register a complaint. That is in law. Not registering any complaint is violation of law," he said.
According to Singh, people face ordeal in every step while going to a police station for registering any case as well as trying to know the status of their complaint. "That has to be changed. For the women, weaker sections or the poor, visiting a police station itself is an ordeal. To know the status of any compliant, without taking the local MLA along, it is impossible," he said.
The Home Secretary said an atmosphere should be created where women and weaker sections of the society get the ability to register a complaint without facing difficulty. He said in cases like molestation, the very thought of going through the ordeal to brief the policemen about the incident dissuade many to go to a police station and that has to be changed.
"It is high time, as a country we have to woke up. Our inability to protect women and weaker sections of the society is a huge, huge problem," he told the country's top police brass at a conference here on Friday. The conference was convened in the wake of the brutal gangrape and assault of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi. The girl died in a hospital in Singapore on December 29.
The Home Secretary said the government has taken some steps but that was not enough as there should be change in people's attitude. "We have to educate people to respect women, SCs, STs. We have to address the problem through social messaging, curriculum, through education. Beginning has to be made. We have to build infrastructure for women's safety. We have to ensure dignity of life."
"Investigation has to be sensitive," he said. Singh also asked all state governments to increase the number of women in police forces to 33 per cent. Noting that women comprised just 3.98 per cent of the country's total police forces, he told the DGPs, "If there is women police, women complainants will feel more secure, comfortable in visiting a police station. We think 33 per cent civil police - constables and sub-inspectors should be women. We have suggested to the Delhi Police to increase the number of women personnel and we suggest you all to do the needful to achieve this target."
With Additional Inputs from PTI