PATNA: Altogether 40 female sub-inspectors (SI) of Patna police would take up an hour’s written and oral examination at Patna police lines on Wednesday so that senior officials could zero in on one most eligible officer who could be posted as station house officer (SHO) of Women’s police station in the state capital.
The examination was ordered by DIG (central range) Rajesh Kumar on Tuesday soon after he suspended Women’s police station SHO Bibha Kumari as she delayed in registering an FIR in a rape case of a five-year-old girl and did not even properly inform senior authorities about the incident.
The DIG has formed a team of four superintendents of police (east, west, central and rural), who would monitor the examination and nominate best three candidate officers following which one would be appointed as the new SHO of Women’s police sStation.
He said the main focus of examination would be on finding out who has the best knowledge of law for handling cases of crime against women, especially in heinous incidents.
“The most important aspect would be to figure out sensitivity of officers towards victims and their approach when crimes of heinous nature against women surface,” he said.
The gang rape incident took place near railway tracks at road number 31 of Gardanibagh on July 6 but came to light on July 8. The victim’s neighbour Amar Kumar, (22), had taken her to a secluded place and raped her. An FIR was lodged with the Women’s police station on Monday. The accused was yet to be arrested.
The DIG said it came to light that the SHO delayed more than 24 hours in conducting victim’s medical examination, affecting collection of evidence.
“She was ordered to take immediate action after senior officers came to know about the incident but the aggrieved family had fled after locking their residence at road number 31 by then,” he said, adding the SHO, after going to the spot for investigation, reported that no rape took place in the area.
“However, later, City SP (central) was ordered to look into the matter and Sachivalaya DSP was sent to spot for investigation on Monday. It was during DSP’s investigation that incident was verified and family was traced for lodging FIR,” Kumar said. He said victim’s medical examination indicated injury and bleeding from her private parts.