Delhi rape victim's statement recorded again

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 25, 2012 12:58 hrs

New Delhi: There is a fresh row brewing over the handling of the case of the Delhi gangrape victim that pitted Delhi Police against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over allegations of police intervention during the recording of the victim's statement by a sub divisional magistrate.

Reports said the victim's statement of the events of that fateful night on Dec 16, when she was raped and brutalized by six men on a moving bus, was re-recorded on Tuesday before a Metropolitan Magistrate after the lady magistrate who recorded it earlier alleged police intervention during the recording on Monday night.

The fresh recording of statement follows after Sheila Dikshit wrote to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde about a complaint filed by Usha Chaturvedi, the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) of Vasant Vihar, about excessive police intervention during the recording of her statement inside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Safdarjung Hospital.

Chaturvedi reportedly alleged that three cops tried to stop on camera recording of the statement and intimidated her. Sheila Dikshit called the alleged police intervention as alarming and serious in her letter to the Home Minister.

Police, however, said it was not them but the victim's mother who was against video recording of the statement of her daughter.

The SDM, however, did not allege that the statement of the girl was coloured by the police interference.

Meanwhile, reactions started pouring in over the new controversy.

India Against Corruption (IAC) led by Anna Hazare called the news as "another shocking revelation".

A probe has been ordered into the allegation of the SDM by former Delhi High Court judge, Usha Mehra.

The 23-year-old girl, who was raped and brutalized with an iron rod on a moving bus and then thrown off the vehicle along with his male companion on Dec 16 when she was returning home after a film show, is fighting for her life in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital even as protests sweep the national capital and triggered violence in which a police constable died while hundreds were injured in police action.

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