Chandigarh, January 13: In a rare case, Haryana Police on Sunday booked a case against 29-year-old woman for allegedly raping 14-year old minor boy in Palwal. The woman has been booked under section 4 of the Prevention of Child from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The woman is absconding and police have initiated an investigation against her.
Informing more about the case, investigating ASI Anju Devi said that previously the woman had lodged a case against the minor boy in September, 2019. Since the boy is minor, he was released and a FIR was lodged against her on Sunday for raping the minor boy. As per police records, the woman is a widow, who claimed to have alleged sexual relations with the minor boy. NCRB Data: 94% Rape Cases in 2018 Were Committed by Offender Known to Survivor.
Anju said, as ANI quoted, "She had lodged rape complaint against him in Sept 2019. He was sent to judicial custody. Later court released him as he's a minor. Since he is a minor the court ordered that a case be registered against the woman and action be taken against her. The boy is 14-year-old and the woman is 29-years-old. An FIR was lodged against her yesterday."
Here's the ANI tweet:
Haryana: FIR registered against a 29-yr-old woman for allegedly raping a 14-yr-old boy in Palwal.Investigating Officer ASI Anju Devi(in pic)says "She had lodged rape complaint against him in Sept 2019.He was sent to judicial custody.Later court released him as he's a minor."(1/2) pic.twitter.com/VkqEVN9iIi
— ANI (@ANI) January 13, 2020
Soon after the news of FIR being lodged against the woman, she is absconding, said police. As per the IPC Section 375, rape laws are not gender neutral and they provide punishment for raping a woman only. However, POSCO Act's Section 4 is gender neutral and allows a complained to lodge a case for sexual crimes against a child.