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Delhi Officer Accused Of Raping Friend’s Teen Daughter Detained: 10 Points

Delhi Officer Accused Of Raping Friend's Teen Daughter Detained: 10 Points

The official accused of rape was posted to Delhi government’s Women and Child Development Department.

The Delhi government official accused of raping a teen girl has been taken into custody, police said Monday afternoon, adding he faces charges of child abuse under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Here are the top points in this big story:

  1. “The accused and his wife are being interrogated. Any other witnesses or accused will be made a part of the investigation,” Sagar Singh Kalsi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North district), said. Police have also taken the official’s wife – who reportedly fed the child medication to terminate a pregnancy – into custody. The girl’s statement is also being recorded, the police said.

  2. The police’s move to take the accused Premoday Khakha – posted to the Delhi government’s Women and Child Development Department – into custody comes after criticism from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, which said the ‘failure to arrest the officer is the worst part of this case’.

  3. “The officer committed a heinous act. His wife was also complicit… this has shaken society. Action should have been taken sooner… Delhi Police’s failure to arrest the officer is the worst part of this case. Everyone has daughters… a very shameful act. The officer should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” the AAP’s Saurabh Bhardwaj said.

  4. Earlier today the Chief Minister demanded Khakha be suspended from service and also sought a report from the Chief Secretary by 5 pm. The Delhi government has also demanded the sternest possible action against the accused and said it remains ‘sensitive regard to such serious matters of women’s safety and child abuse.

  5. Premoday Khakha is accused of raping the minor daughter of his friend multiple times from October 2020 to February 2021. The young girl, then 14, became pregnant during this period and his wife allegedly gave her abortion pills while covering for her husband.

  6. The accused met the young girl for the first time at a church and their paths crossed again in 2020 when she was mourning her father’s death. The girl was staying with Khakha at his home after her father’s death. According to the police, Khakha allegedly raped the girl on multiple occasions between November 2020 and January 2021.

  7. The accused’s wife has also been charged with giving the girl medication to terminate her pregnancy. When the girl became pregnant, she told Khakha’s wife. The wife then asked her son to get medication to terminate the pregnancy and gave it to the girl.

  8. The matter was brought to light when the girl, who is now in Class XII, narrated her ordeal to a counsellor after being hospitalised this month for panic attacks.

  9. She was admitted to St Stephen’s Hospital, where she told a counsellor about the abuse she had experienced. The survivor returned home to her mother in January 2021.

  10. Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal has labelled the officer a ‘predator’ and called for his arrest. “… if the one whose job was to protect the daughters turns into a predator, then where will the girls go! Must be arrested soon!” she said.

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