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Nayantara N| The News Minute| November 28,2014| 15.57 pm IST A couple from Bengaluru have alleged that the Bengaluru police refusing to take their complaint against a person who attempted to kidnap their child in broad daylight, told them ‘slap the accused a couple of times and let’s resolve the case.’ On Friday morning, an auto driver attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old girl from a bus stop located near her house. At 7.20 am, the girl accompanied by her househelp’s daughter was awaiting the school bus at the Kasturinagar bus stop when the auto driver approached them and tried to force the child into the auto. The househelp’s 15-yr-old daughter Sheela resisted the auto-driver’s attempts and meanwhile, the school bus arrived and the child was sent away. “Sheela and her mother rushed back to the house and informed me, we then rushed to the bus stop to find the auto-driver near the bus stop.” The driver was still there and on questioning him, the driver denied doing anything. Seeing a crowd gather, a policeman who was passing-by enquired as to what had happened. The driver was taken to the Ramamurthy Nagar police station and the parents of the child arrived to register a complaint with the police. The police refused to file a complaint and instead they suggested that the issue could be resolved by the father giving a blow or two in addition to the police beating him up. The shocked parent informed him his brother-in-law Thomas Geeverghese who is an advocate in Kerala. Danny (name changed), the father, claimed that police advised him against filing a complaint as the child would have to face court which could be detrimental for her well-being. Thomas contacted The News Minute and informed us of the situation and police department’s reluctance to file an FIR despite the presence of the accused. After Thomas insisted on complaining and raising the issue with the Commissioner of Police, the police asked them to come back later as the Sub-Inspector was unavailable. Meanwhile, the Commissoner instructed his officers to take strict action and after much delay, the parents were successful in lodging a complaint. Rita (name changed), the mother of the seven-year-old spoke to The News Minute and expressed her anguish. “How can they refuse to file an FIR and then suggest something such as slap the accused? I took photos and videos of the accused and his auto number, despite furnishing proof they caused so much delay. I am willing to quit my job to ensure that I get justice,” she said. The Ramamurthy Nagar police have now lodged a complaint of kidnapping under section 363 of the Indian Penal Code and sexual abuse under the POSCO law. The accused is likely to be produced before the magistrate next week. On contacting the Ramamurthy Nagar police station for comments, Inspector Ramesh said,”Nothing of this sort happened, we have have lodged a complaint and the accused has been arrested.
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