Police called the rape allegations “baseless” and filed a closure report despite her pleas. firozabad Additional SP (City) Mukesh Chandra Misra told TOI that it was mandatory to register an FIR for rape but claimed she had never approached the police station to make a ‘formal complaint’ in this regard .
No action was taken either after the letter describing the threat to his life.
“My sister would have been alive today if the cops had taken the threat to her life and her gang rape complaint seriously. She died because of police inaction,” her brother said.
In a complaint filed in February, the victim accused two men, who had lent her husband money, of kidnapping and raping her.
The police reportedly refused to register a case without investigating the case. She then went to court and an FIR was registered against six people on March 12 at the Tundla police station.
“As my husband was not returning the money he owed these men, they kidnapped and gang-raped me when I went to meet someone in Firozabad. I am separated from my husband because he beat me, was a greedy person,” FIR read.
Firozabad’s Additional SP (City), Mukesh Chandra Misra, told TOI that the matter had been “investigated in detail” and the allegations “were found to be false”. He said the final report of the investigation had been filed and the FIR had been registered “in accordance with court orders”.
Meanwhile, senior Firozabad Police officials were aware of the threat to his life as the victim had written a letter to the SSP on On March 28, informing her that despite filing an FIR, her husband and those named in the FIR were threatening her with “disastrous consequences” and “urging her to withdraw her complaint.”
In his letter to the SSP, the victim had explicitly mentioned that in case something happened to him, the letter should be considered his “final statement”. The Firozabad SSP could not be reached despite several attempts by TOI.
The woman was staying in a rented apartment in Agra with a friend, a tax lawyer, whom she had met on Facebook after splitting from her husband. He was present in the apartment at the time of the murder on June 24.