A car knocked her down, leaving her unconscious and fled away from the spot
New Delhi, Dec 07, 2012: A 21-year-old girl from Manipur was knocked down by a car near Kishangarh bus stand in Aruna Ali Marg on November 27 at around 11am. According to sources reaching to North East Support Centre & Helpline, Rosy (name changed), was allegedly hit by a car leaving her laying unconscious and the car driver sped away from the spot. The incident took place near Kishangarh bus stand in south Delhi.
“While I was on my way to catch a bus an unknown car suddenly hit me on my right leg and fled away leaving me unconscious. My cousin brother was with me at that time, but unfortunately he missed to note down the vehicle’s number while attending me as I was lying unconscious. Those nearby us called an ambulance and I was rushed to AIMS Trauma Centre, where I regained my consciousness. I was discharged the same day around 9pm,” said Rosy.
The Fact Finding Team of NESC Helpline led by its founding member Dr Alana Golmei visited the victim at her residence. The victim’s right leg is fractured, five stitches on her left temple and her eyes covered with red blood balls. She could barely move on her own. She is still in pain and it will take many more months to recover.
“I was supposed to give my BA final exams on November 29 and December 4 but I could not do so,” Rosy, a student of Kamala Nehru College, told NE Helpline Team while visiting at her rented room in Kishangarh.
The victim’s sister informed that she along with her brother went to Vasant Kunj Police Station to file an FIR on November 27, but one policeman named Rajbeer, an ASI of Vasant Kunj P/S, who is also incharge of the case, refused them from filling further complaint. “On the advised of Mr. Rajbeer, I have signed a statement saying ‘No further assistance is required’ as we cannot provide the vehicle’s number,” the victim’s sister told NESC Helpline.
“Even after going to the Police Station for three times we could not file a complaint as Mr. Rajbeer blamed us that it was my sister’s fault. On the second day, Rajbeer told us to produce Identity (ID) proof of college, rented house as well as the witness. After we got all the documents he said that he is not at the station and told us to come the next day. He also repeatedly rejected my calls when I tried to speak to him,” the victim’s sister told NESC Helpline.
Soon after this information was received yesterday (December 6), North East Support Centre & Helpline intervened and lodged the FIR in Vasant Kunj Police Station. The case is now registered under section 279 and 337 of IPC, with the support of Mr Malik, Station House Officer and O.P Thakur, Inspector Investigation.
Dr. Alana Golmei, Founding member of NE Helpline, while appreciating the prompt action of Mr. O.P Thakur, she also strongly call on the concerned authority to take stern action against Mr. Rajbeer, ASI, who refused to accept the victim’s complaint thereby causing more distress to the victim and her sister. Is this the attitude of Delhi Police towards the Northeast victims? This policeman, Rajbeer, who is the case Investigation Officer (IO), must be suspended from his post immediately since he is not performing his duty sincerely and instead harassing the victim and her sister, and her brother.
The police hadn’t yet arrested the accused in this case. Earlier in a similar incident, a 26-year-old Manipuri girl was mowed down by a car bearing registration no. DL-3CA-0388 on June 7, 2012. An FIR was lodged in Vasant Kunj Police Station. However till today the police remain clueless about the car and the absconding driver. No one arrested so far.
The North East Support Centre & Helpline strongly request the higher authority to take stringent action against the policeman who has neglected and suppressed the victim in times of need. We also fervently request the Delhi Police to nab the culprits, who have seriously injured the two North East girls in separate incidents.
North East Support Centre & Helpline (www.nehelpline.net) is combined initiative of various human rights activists, social workers, students, journalists, and lawyers seeking to prevent harassment and abuses meted out to women, North East People, and tribal communities of different states.
By Bruce K. Thangkhal
North East Support Centre & Helpline