This article is written by Abhishree Paradkar, a student of Symbiosis Law School, Pune
The parents of a 9-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped and murdered in Delhi have petitioned the Delhi High Court to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct a court-monitored investigation into the alleged crime
A minor girl belonging to the Dalit background had been raped, murdered as well as cremated, under suspicious circumstances on 1st August, by the crematorium’s priest in old Nangal village belonging to southwest Delhi.
Plea By Victim’s Parents
In the plea that is scheduled to be heard by Justice Yogesh Khanna on Tuesday, the parents of the deceased minor have declared that they no longer have faith in the investigation team that is presently investigating the incident. The investigation has currently been transferred to the crime branch of the Delhi Police.
They also prayed to the court for providing an adequate amount of safety as well as security to the parents of the deceased and at the same time the other witnesses in the case as well.
The plea also sought a judicial inquiry into the delays and lapses on the administrative front and also to reveal the reason for such delays and lapses in response by the police and non-preservation of vital evidence.
They also alleged that the police had diverted their entire focus on sabotaging and hushing up the case and they also alleged that the parents were pressurized and tortured by the police and its agents for compromising the case.
The very fact that the police delayed in registering the FIR and that also under very diluted offenses, shows there was an inclination to not deliver justice.
The parents have also informed the court that they are a part of the poorest sections of society and are also illiterate. They are also under the influence and force of different groups with a vested interest.