Gangrape victimís father moves HC for CBI probe

The father of the 16-year-old gangrape victim, who died of burn injuries after she was allegedly set ablaze, filed a petition before the Calcutta High Court on Monday seeking CBI investigation into the incident.

The father alleged in the petition that the West Bengal Police did not properly investigate into the case and also did not provide security to the family despite threats from the accused, who later set his daughter on fire.

Detailing the incidents, the father said in the petition that his daughter was gangraped by some youths at Madhyamgram in North 24-Parganas district on October 25 last year. Next day the family lodged a complaint with the Madhyamgram police station and requested for protection.

However, the police failed to provide protection to the family and the same night (October 26), the accused again abducted the girl and raped her, he said. The father said, the GRP, Madhyamgram, found and brought the girl to their residence next morning, following which the family again went to the Madhyamgram police station to lodge a complaint.

The petition stated that despite his daughter being gangraped again, the police did not mention about it in the second FIR.

In the first week of November, the family was forced to leave their house in Madhyamgram and shift to Kolkata in an area that falls under the Airport police station. He said the family was under continuous threat from the accused and thus informed the Airport police station about it, but again no action was taken on their complaint.

He said, on November 13, his daughter suffered critical burn injuries in a fire in the house. She was admitted to R G Kar Medical College where, he said, the girl in her dying declaration said that some miscreants had set her on fire.

The petition alleged that the content of the second FIR was doubtful. It said, had the police provided security to the family after the first gangrape incident, the consequences could have been avoided. Stating that the role of the police was doubtful, the petition demanded a CBI investigation into the case. The petition is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday.

Family to meet Pranab today

Soon after filing a petition in the Calcutta High Court seeking a CBI probe into the alleged gangrape and murder of their 16-year-old-daughter, the victim's family left for Delhi where they will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. The family said that they will seek justice for their daughter. The family will also tell the President how the police forcibly took away the girl's body to cremate it. They will also complain against the alleged medical negligence in treatment of their daughter at R G Kar Medical College. They have already filed a complaint with Tallah police station regarding this.

No one should do politics on rape: Azad

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad refused to be drawn into the controversy over alleged apathy of the West Bengal government towards the family of Madhyamgram rape victim. He said rape was a blemish on the country, whether it happened in Delhi, Mumbai or Bengal. "No government would want anything like that to happen at their state. They want peace to prevail. On whether the state government has taken

any action or not, I can't comment as I am not aware of it. We may be politicians but this is such an issue where we feel that no one should do politics," he said.

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