Delhi Police files FIR against DCW chief Swati Maliwal for revealing rape victim’s identity

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A day after Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal criticised Delhi Police for allegedly mishandling the Burari rape case, the police on Tuesday took suo motu cognisance and filed an FIR against Maliwal for revealing the identity of the 14-year-old Dalit girl who was brutally raped in east Delhi’s Burari, according to reports.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal. News18

DCW chief Swati Maliwal

On Monday, Maliwal had strongly criticised the Delhi Police’s handling of the Burari case.

She had asked the Centre to set up a high-level ministerial committee on women safety under the leadership of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

“With parents of 14-year-old victim. V poor n inconsolable. How many Nirbhayas does Delhi want? We all simply wait for next Nirbhaya to die.

“To add insult to injury, Home Ministry scrapped Women Safety Sp Task Force in Delhi set up wen Nirbhaya died stating it’s mandate finished!

“She is dead ! We the system is responsible. Never felt so helpless. Need to do something. Come on people …(sic),” Maliwal had said in a series of tweets.

On Friday, the DCW had issued a notice to DCP (North) questioning the handling of the case of the Dalit minor who was allegedly kidnapped by the accused just before a hearing in a rape case, subjected to sexual assault several times and forced to drink corrosive substance.

In the notice, the Commission had directed DCP (North) to provide security to the girl and her family and had asked why the police had not arrested the accused till date.

The Commission had also sought the details of action taken on the complaint of the victim’s parents regarding threat to their lives in an FIR filed on 15 May and asked the reasons for not registering offences under Section 3 of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Giving details of the case, the Commission in its notice had said, an FIR under sections 363, 376 IPC and 4/6 of POCSO Act was registered in Burari police station on 2 December last year against a main accused Shivshankar.

According to the FIR in May, just before a hearing in the court, the girl was kidnapped from her house following which, on 19 May, another FIR was registered.

The DCW had said the victim was recovered between 26 and 27 May and her parents were called to Burari police station to meet her where they found their daughter bleeding profusely from the head.

The victim has alleged she was kidnapped by the maternal aunt of the main accused and during confinement she was raped several times a day by Shivshankar. Her hands and feet were tied and was refused any food during the period.

She has also alleged that Shivshankar, along with his maternal aunt and uncle, had fed the girl a corrosive substance mixed in a soft drink… The same is mentioned in a complaint by the victim’s father in Burari police station on 15 July.

“However, the girl has alleged the police forced her to change her statement, appearing before the Metropolitan Magistrate. Later, she was dropped in Nari Niketan. It has also been stated that there was a call to the parents from Nari Niketan wherein it was informed that the victim was in a very serious condition and needed care.

“The parents then ensured that the girl gets admission in LNJP hospital wherein she was treated for some time. When the parents requested for an MLC, it is alleged by them that the investigating officer concerned refused the same,” Maliwal had said in the notice.

With inputs from PTI

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