Dismissed cop booked for rape victim's suicide

A Punjab Police official, who was dismissed from service Thursday, was Friday booked for abetment to suicide of a teenaged gang-rape victim who committed suicide after the police failed to register a case.

Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Nasib Singh, who was dismissed from service Thursday by his superiors, was Friday evening booked in the case.

The 18-year-old girl, who was allegedly gang-raped by three men last month in Patiala district, committed suicide Wednesday in her village  Badshahpur in Patiala district, 100 km from here, by consuming poison after local police officers not only refused to register a case but also humiliated her by calling her to the police station repeatedly and asking uncomfortable  questions.

In her suicide note, the girl mentioned her harassment by police and the fact that she was being pressurized allegedly by them to compromise with the rapists. She alleged that she was also being threatened by the rapists who were roaming around freely.

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