Usha Mehra panel raps Delhi police

Flays victim’s male friend for changing statement

Published: 23rd February 2013 09:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2013 09:15 AM   |  A+A-

The Justice Usha Mehra Commission, constituted to look into the incident of gangrape and assault on a young woman on December 16, 2012 in Delhi, indicted Delhi Police for lax security measures. The commission also blamed the male friend of deceased gangrape victim for changing his statement.

Although, the commission in its report, submitted to the Centre on Friday rapped the PCR vans for not stopping the bus which was plying illegally, it observed that there was no delay in PCR response after the incident.

“We did not find lapse in police response to the PCR call on 100...Response was within six minutes of the call,” said the commission in its report.

 The commission, which was asked to suggest measures to improve the safety and security of women, also observed lack of coordination between police and transport department resulting in the barbaric incident.

“Lack of coordination between police and transport department allowed the bus used in December 16 gangrape to ply uninterrupted,” the Commission said adding that there was huge shortage of PCR vans and public transport in Delhi.

 Commission also said non-cooperation between “Police of national Capital Region and National Capital Territory allows criminals escape from one place to another.”

The commission, in its report, also blamed the male friend of the 23-year-old woman for changing his statement. According the Commission report, his statement given to private TV news Channels was completely contrary to what he told the panel.

“He told us that treatment was given to him at hospital as soon as he reached...he also said that lying in pool of blood, every moment seemed like an hour to him,” said the report. The Commission was constituted on December 26, 2012, to identify the lapses, if any, on the part of the police or any other authority and fix responsibility for the lapses was supposed to submit its report within three months.

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