Morni gangrape: SIT tells High Court husband played key role in trafficking

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Morni gangrape

The Hush Post: The special investigation team (SIT) probing into the Morni gangrape case has told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the victim’s husband was involved in trafficking his wife and had sent her to the accused guest house owner.

The woman on July 19 had alleged that she was raped for four days by about 8-10 people. Among these were also two policemen at Lovely guest house in Kaimbwala village of Morni. The gang-rape had hit headlines across the country as the Panchkula police initially failed to take note of the victim’s complaint and the case was lodged in Chandigarh. It was later transferred to Panchkula.

A woman Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Saraswati, was even suspended for turning away the rape victim while Morni police post in charge ASI Mange Ram and area security agent Pradeep Kumar were also suspended.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP, women) Mamta Sodha and station house officer (SHO), women police, Rajesh Kumari were transferred. The role of Kumari came under scanner after the ASI claimed she acted in line with her orders.

Additional advocate general Deepak Sabharwal told the court that on scrutiny of the call record and tower locations of various accused persons, the spouse of the victim was found actively involved in the whole affair. He later on also admitted to his involvement before the special investigating team (SIT) in a video statement and said that the victim was sent for the purpose of “prostitution.”

The police have told court that the woman had named only two persons—Sunny, the owner, and Avtar Singh, the manager, and later the SIT arrested nine more persons. Further investigation is underway.

The matter has been adjourned by the High Court bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli, seeking fresh status report by October 9.

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