In a significant development, the Bombay High Court has ordered Pune police to find the Delhi-based model and the teenage Nepali girl who have gone missing after they alleged that they were raped and forced into prostitution in Pune. The teenage Nepali girl had claimed that she was raped more than 100 times by various people, some of which included police officers. A division bench comprising Justices Ranjit More and Revati Dere said that the allegations are extremely serious and the court is concerned about the safety and whereabouts of the victims.
The High Court bench passed the order to Pune police while hearing a petition filed by Delhi-based advocate Anuja Kapur. Anuja wants the case to be transferred to CBI since the woman and the teenager are missing for the last six months. The advocate said that both of them might have been eliminated since they were up against powerful people including police officials.
The court was miffed when it noticed that two of the policemen who were instructing the prosecutor were the ones who were named in complaint filed by the two women. The court said that policemen who are named in the complaint should not be instructing the prosecutor. The court has directed Pune’s police commissioner to ensure that a senior officer above the rank of DCP is present on the next date of hearing, which is on March 31.