Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Feb 27, 2012, 03:40 PM IST
Noida: The Uttar Pradesh Commission for Women (UPCW) on Monday issued a notice to the state police and the home secretary for revealing the name of a teenaged Noida gang rape victim on Sunday.
The panel sought an explanation on the blunder committed by the Noida SP and for the offensive comment made against her.
City SP Anant Dev had on Sunday revealed the name and address of the 17-year-old victim, who was allegedly raped by five of her neighbours.
While it is an offence to disclose the identity of a rape victim, the SP has now gone on to say that he was looking into how the victim's name was revealed in the press release. He said it could have been a clerical error.
Police fails to protect rape victim's identity
A major blunder was made by the police in the Noida rape case after they gave away the personal details of a 17-year-old rape victim in a live press conference.
It is in clear violation of the law that prohibits the disclosure of such information in order to protect the victim's identity.
Noida SP made the comment during a press conference on Sunday. He later defended himself and claimed that he didn't reveal the identity of the class tenth rape victim and instead blamed the mistake on a lower rank officer.
The case was related to the alleged gangrape of a 17-year-old in a moving car on Friday night.
The victim allegedly knew one of the accused. She had gone to his birthday party on Friday evening, where the other three were also present. On their way back from the party, the four men got together and allegedly raped her.
"Investigations revealed that the victim was known to accused. On Friday evening, the girl had gone with them for birthday celebration of one of the accused. There she was given a sedative laced drink," said Anant Dev, Superintendent of Police.
"Thereafter, she was taken in car and gangraped by the five accused," he said.
Earlier, the girl had claimed that she was dragged into the vehicle as she was waiting for her father at a bus stop last night and gangraped.
"Though initially there was suspicion that the accused had made her MMS and had threatened to post it on the net if she goes to police but this could not be verified. The accused were being questioned in detail," said Dev.
Police arrest 5th accused
The police have now arrested five people in connection with the gangrape of a 17-year-old girl in Noida. The fifth arrest was made today.
All five accused will be produced in the court today.
The girl was gangraped by five of her neighbours in a moving car last night. The victim knew one of the accused and had gone out with him for his birthday celebration last night. But while dropping her back, close to midnight, the accused, along with four other men in the car, took turns and raped the Class 10 student.
The men, in their early 20s, are mostly students and one of them is studying commerce in Delhi University.
Yesterday, after the medical examination confirmed rape, the police had arrested four people - Himanshu Sharma, Rahul Arya, Sunil and Saurabh. Rahul is a gatekeeper at the Spice Mall in Sector 25; Saurabh runs a garage.
Police say the car, in which the rape allegedly took place, has also been recovered.
But what was a traumatic incident for the victim was made worse as the police put out the name and address of the Class X student, a rape victim, in their press release.
The Noida police's insensitivity was evident in the press conference too. They said that the girl had willingly gone out to drink with the men, though the press release that quoted her written statement said she had claimed that she was lured into it, and forced to drink.
"She had gone there willingly... She was not lured into it... They drank vodka," said Ananth Dev Tiwari, Superintendent of Police, Noida.
The Supreme Court has observed that no judgement in rape cases should name the victim, and there are court directions which say the victims' statement should be taken at face value till the trial proves otherwise.
However, the Noida police, clearly, did not pay heed to this.