In an example of police insensitivity towards rape victims, a Station House Officer allegedly asked a young girl to strip to prove that she had been raped. The terrified girl, who had gone with her parents to register an FIR, ran way from the Nibuanauraniyan police station at Kushinagar in the far eastern corner of Uttar Pradesh.

The FIR was registered on Monday after some locals took up the issue.

The Kushinagar Superintendent of Police, Lalit Kumar Singh, has ordered an inquiry into the SHO’s misconduct.

“The inquiry has been handed over to the Circle Officer of Khadda police station and action would be taken if the SHO is found guilty”, Mr. Singh told The Hindu over the phone from Kushinagar.

The SP said a case under Section 376 of the IPC has been registered against the rape accused and the Crime Branch has been handed over the investigation. “If the charges are proved, the accused would be sent to jail”, Mr. Singh said.

The incident occurred at Laukariya village on September 21. According to the 16-year-old victim, her neighbour entered her house at night and raped her. The accused, 22-year-old Ainuddin, was caught and thrashed by the girl’s relatives.

When the girl and her relatives went to the police station the same night, SHO Jaisraj Yadav allegedly asked the victim to strip. The State Inspector General (Law and Order), R. K. Vishwakarma said in Lucknow that the SHO has denied the charge.