New Delhi : Attacking the Punjab Police for not doing the needful, Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) on Wednesday highlighted the case of an international woman hockey player who has alleged rape, physical abuse and criminal intimidation by the captain of the Indian hockey team, Sardar Singh, in both Punjab and Delhi. The move came after Sardar was given a clean chit by Punjab police in May.
DCW chief Swati Maliwal also demanded that an FIR be registered against Punjab Police for failing to register the first information report (FIR) against Singh despite the woman alleging rape and assault in January 2016. “The woman has alleged that she was physically assaulted by Singh and that there was an attempt to push her from the top floor of a five-star hotel in Delhi and that she was raped by Singh therein. We have recommended registration of an FIR against Singh to SHO Chanakyapuri police station (in Delhi),” Maliwal said, adding that the police commissioner and his deputy have also been marked in the directive.
“Also, the law clearly states that if a woman says that she has been raped, police has to file an FIR. But the Punjab Police did not do so despite the woman approaching them and even upon revelation of cognisable offence. “We demand that an FIR be registered against Punjab Police under section 166A of IPC for failing to register an FIR,” Maliwal said. Justice should be delivered in a fast track manner, she said.
The commission also issued a notice to Hockey India president Narinder Batra on Wednesday and sought an explanation with regard to the allegations made by the complainant against HI and the action taken or proposed to be taken by it in the matter. Ashpal Bhogal, who is a former under-19 England hockey player, has claimed that Sardar got engaged to her in 2014, following which they entered into a physical relationship. She repeated that she was engaged to Sardar, he sexually harassed her and forced her to abort their child. Later, he refused to marry her.