New Delhi: In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to UP government in connection with the detention of a ten-year-old rape victim by police in Bulandshahr.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the media reports about the locking up of the minor rape victim by police, the Apex Court has sought an explanation from the state government and asked it to respond on Monday, when it will take up the matter for further hearing.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir expressed its displeasure over the incident. "How can the police detain a ten-year-old girl?" the bench asked.

The callous response of Uttar Pradesh police had come to fore on Tuesday when a 10-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped, was put behind bars by women cops after she approached them to file a complaint along with her mother.

The incident took place on Monday when a minor girl went with her mother to a women's police station to lodge a rape complaint against a 24-year-old. But instead of addressing the concerns of the distraught woman and her daughter, the women officers abused and shooed away the mother while detaining the girl in the lock up, police said.

The girl was made to spend the night in the police station and was told that she "must have invited the rape". Made to sleep on the floor, the  girl was released when the local TV media recorded the incident and the footage was shown to senior police officers.

Following the uproar, two women constables were suspended while two sub-inspectors including the station-in-charge have been sent to police lines following the incident.

Later on Tuesday, the Bulandshahr police claimed to have arrested the accused who had allegedly raped the minor.


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