GURGAON: A 28-year-old mentally ill woman was gang-raped and threatened by staff of Gurgaon-based NGO, Earth Saviours Foundation Gurukul, Bandhwari.
Based on a Zero FIR received from the Hauz Khas police station, Delhi, the Gurgaon police have lodged an FIR at the DLF I police station and started their investigation. The woman is at present in the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), formerly known as Shahdara Mental Hospital.
In the complaint, the woman said the the driver of Bandhwari-based Earth Saviours Foundation Gurukul and three colleagues has raped her when she was brought to the NGO almost a year ago. The complainant said the accused then threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the rape to anyone. The woman apparently revealed her ordeal to the Shahdara mental hospital authorities after she was admitted there by the Delhi police (of Hauz Khas police station). The hopital authorities in turn losged a complaint with the Hauz Khas police station which registered a zero FIR and forwarded it to the Gurgaon police.
The DLF I police station has lodged an FIR against the four accused NGO employees — driver JP, Kaushal, Pappu and Sanjay — under sections 376 (rape), 34 (common intention), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
"We questioned two of the accused today (Monday) and they said they did not even know this woman. The case will be taken forward after the complainant is brought here soon," said inspector Amit Kumar, SHO of DLF-I police station.
When contacted, Ravi Kalra, president and founder of Earth Saviours Foundation Gurukul, Bandhwari, denied all the allegations of the complainant. "She came here in May 2015. She was brought to our NGO by Delhi's Saket police station and was completely unstable with major anger issues. We took care of her and she showed a lot of improvement," kalra told TOI.
Kalra said the woman wanted to go to Kotla Mubarakpur in December 2015. "We tattooed the NGO helpline number on her hand and dropped her there. Our female staff were in touch with her to ensure that she was fine. In June, 2016 police from the DLF-I police station again dropped her here but this time her condition was worse than before. She was prone to physical violence and making false allegations. She had even manhandled some cops," Kalra said.
Kalra said his NGO looked after her in spite of her being a nuisance. "On her instistence she was dropped near the Hauz Khas police station on October 13, 2016. We gave her Rs 6,000 and left her with the tattoo of our helpline number on her hand. We are ready to cooperate in any investigation but are sure that these are false allegations," Kalra said.