‘Krishnagiri police was sabotaging the processes of justice in the case relating to the gang rape of a 16-year-old hearing and speech impaired girl’. Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat on Saturday wrote to the Tamil Nadu Director General of Police expressing “outrage’’ over the manner in which the Krishnagiri police was sabotaging the processes of justice in the case relating to the gangrape of a 16-year-old hearing and speech impaired girl. “In my many years of experience of dealing with police culpability in cases of cover up in sexual assault cases, this example is the most shocking, more so since it involves a disabled girl,’’ Ms. Karat pointed out in her letter demanding immediate action against the police personnel and doctors who had “concocted’’ the first medical report. The party has demanded their prosecution under Section 166a of the Indian Penal Code.
According to Ms. Karat, the report of the second medical examination – ordered by the High Court – vindicated what the victim had been saying about the nature of the assault. In particular, she objected to the use of the two-finger test on the victim even though there is a Supreme Court ruling against such examination. Referring to a written list of queries submitted by the police to the doctors who conducted the second medical examination, the Polit Bureau member said: “These misogynist, insensitive, demeaning, irrelevant, atrocious and highly objectionable leading questions are being asked by a police force charged to ensure justice to the victim but which is acting as the defence team of the criminals….’’