Bihar: Rape victim claims DGP told her that girls provoke boys; CM Nitish Kumar dials SK Singhal
At a public interaction programme held by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday, a rape victim accused Director General of Police (DGP) SK Singhal of accusing girls of provoking boys.
At the same time, she blamed the Investigating Officer (IO) of her case for turning a deaf ear to her.
While claiming that she had no choice but to commit suicide, she mentioned a number of applications she wrote to officials of varying stature.
The incident occurred during the ‘Janata ke darbar mein mukhyamantri’ programme held by Nitish Kumar in Patna on Monday.
She informed the Bihar Chief Minister that she had filed a complaint at the Rupaspur police station, but no action has been taken so far. In addition, she claimed that the IO does not even return her calls.
The Naubatpur resident also told Nitish Kumar that when she appealed to the Bihar DGP, he accused her instead of helping her. The woman claimed that the DGP held girls responsible for rape. He also claimed that the girls provoked men to commit rape. In such a case, she added, she has no other choice but to commit suicide.
The CM immediately called up the Bihar DGP and asked him to start an investigation into the matter, which took place in Rupaspur.
It may be recalled that Singhal, a 1988-batch IPS officer, had in December said that many girls who leave home for marriage without their parents' consent end up either as sex workers or dead.
While speaking at a 'Samaj Sudhar Abhiyan' event in Samastipur city, Singhal said: "Many girls leave home without their parents’ consent in order to get married...This leads to such unfortunate consequences. Many of them, both boys and girls, get murdered. Several girls even end up as sex workers.”
Singhal added that such circumstances create a lot of pain for families involved, particularly for the parents of those who elope.
“I urge (parents) to have regular dialogues with their children, teach them good values, understand their emotions and to bind the family together with emotion,” the officer said.
The event was also attended by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.