What do you do when the boys accused of sexually assaulting your daughter are launched on bail due to delivery certificates that affirm they had been conveniently underage when the incident occurred? That was the query her father confronted final September.
When the 5 suspects, together with a Junior Davis Cup participant, accused of sexually assaulting a trainee at a widely known tennis academy in Chandigarh had been charged in court docket final 12 months, her father thought they might lastly see justice.
It was by no means going to be simple. Birth certificates had been produced. Bail was given. The case appeared settled. Except, the daddy of the woman was not satisfied. He was triggered. He determined that he would not let it go really easy both.
“During the trial, the Chandigarh Police had submitted the birth certificates of the accused, provided by [the tennis academy], which proved them as minor. I wasn’t convinced. I went to the native villages of the three accused, including the Junior Davis Cup player to find out their real birth certificates,” mentioned father.
NDTV just isn’t naming the tennis academy or the daddy to guard the id of the survivor.
Over the following few months, he travelled to Rohtak, Palwal and Hisar in Haryana, reaching out to authorities faculties the place the accused had studied on the elementary stage and dug up their unique date of births.
Pay dust. Records uncovered by the daddy contradicted the age of three of the accused as attested throughout the earlier stage of the trial by the police. They weren’t minors.
He submitted the paperwork within the court docket, asking for its verification and appealed that the bail be cancelled. The court docket instructed the police to confirm the papers submitted by the daddy.
In November, the Chandigarh Police’s verification discovered the paperwork to be real and so they submitted their report within the court docket.
Asked in regards to the battle with the delivery certificates attested earlier in court docket by investigators and the paperwork supplied by the daddy, the Chandigarh Police had little for a proof.
“We just followed the court orders and verified the documents and submitted our report. The issue is subjudice and it is up to the courts to decide whether the accused have fudged their documents,” Chandigarh Police instructed NDTV.
This was not sufficient for the girl’s father. He additionally filed a criticism with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
His declare in opposition to one of many accused was discovered true and this 12 months, the Department of Health cancelled his delivery registration certificates and had his father and two of his colleagues charged for forgery by Hisar Police.
The probe in opposition to the 2 different suspects remains to be within the course of within the grievance redressal division. “Now, since one accused has faced the heat, I am hopeful that the rest of the accused will also meet the same fate,” the girl’s father mentioned.
Since court docket hearings had been affected due to the coronavirus pandemic, the person additionally wrote to the All India Tennis Association however claims to have acquired no response.
“AITA has not given any response to my communication,” mentioned the daddy, who himself is an accused in a case filed by one of many suspects, alleging that he beat him up.
The father has additionally accused the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) of defending the sexual assault suspects by offering them authorized assist and paying for his or her bail bonds.
The CLTA, which governs the academy the place the survivor and her alleged assaulters educated, is headed by high serving and former bureaucrats of Punjab and Haryana. The affiliation refused to touch upon the story saying that the problem is in court docket.