Badaun gang-rape: CBI to conduct lie-detector test on victims` fathers

There seems to be no end to the woes of the family members of the Badaun gang-rape victims. After the state police calling the alleged rape and murder case as a probable case of `horror killing`, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will now conduct a lie-detector test on the fathers of the two cousin Dalit sisters, reports said on Monday.

Zee Media Bureau/Sushmita Dutta

Lucknow: There seems to be no end to the woes of the family members of the Badaun gang-rape victims. After the state police calling the alleged rape and murder case as a probable case of `horror killing`, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will now conduct a lie-detector test on the fathers of the two cousin Dalit sisters, reports said on Monday.

"The investigation body will carry out a lie-detector test on the family members of the rape victims," CBI sources said.

But the CBI will be able to carry out the lie-detector test only after getting a court`s approval, sources said.

However, the CBI sources clarified that the move should not be seen as doubting the claims made by the families of the victims but in order to develop a flawless case the agency needs to test the veracity of their statements, PTI reported.

The sources added that the statements given by the family members have some inconsistencies which need to be clarified before proceeding in the case.

They said the agency has decided to subject four persons to lie detector test which include fathers of the two teenager cousins and two more family members.

The sources further said consent of these persons has already been taken and agency will soon move to the court seeking its permission before proceeding with the polygraph test which is also known as lie-detector test.

The test, which is based on the premise that certain parameters of the body fluctuate when a person is lying, measures these parameters of the person undergoing the test and presents to the investigators a graph which shows variation when a particular question is asked.

CBI may have decided to conduct the lie-detector test in light of the statement made by Uttar Pradesh DGP AL Banerjee`s that the rape of one of the victims was not confirmed and that property could be one of the motives behind the heinous incident.

However, the autopsy report confirms that the minor girls were raped and they died due to strangulation.

On May 27, two sisters aged 14 and 15 were allegedly raped and later hanged from a tree in Katra Sadatganj village of Badaun district, causing a national uproar.
However, all the six accused, including a policeman, have been arrested in connection with the case.

As pressure continued to mount on the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh over a spurt in crimes against women in the state, the CBI took over the probe of Badaun gang-rape and murder case on June 12.

Later, CBI had also registered a First Information Report (FIR) in the alleged rape case.

On June 06, a special investigation team (SIT) of police in Uttar Pradesh`s Badaun district was also constituted to probe the gang-rape and murder of the two minor girls.
The victims` family and political parties like the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party had advocated CBI probe into the case. The Centre had also recommended CBI probe into the horrific incident.

The victims` families had also alleged that four men from the village had abducted the girls when they had gone out of their house at night to relieve themselves.

They allege that the accused gang-raped the cousins before killing them and hanging them from a tree. Three of the accused belong to the same community as the state`s CM, Akhilesh Yadav; so are the two cops, who were also arrested after the families accused them of not acting on their complaint after the girls went missing.

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