The story began in Warangal, Telangana on December 10 that year. Swapnika and T Pranitha, both are electrical engineering students, were biking home on a two-wheeler when three youths on a motorcycle came alongside and threw sulphuric acid on them.
Swapnika, who was driving pillion, was the target and took the full contact of the acid squirted from a plastic bottle. Pranitha, who was wearing a helmet, was not so severely injured. The event led to protests across what was then unified Andhra Pradesh and the clamor for justice.
V C Sajjanar, a 1996 batch IPS officer, directed the probe. Soon after, three men – S.Srinivas, D Sanjay and P Harikrishna – Got arrested.
Three days later came the news about the three being killed in the encounter, launching Sajjanar to the status of an instant hero.
A related story played out on Friday.
“… all the four accused got together, they began attacking the police party with rocks, sticks, and other material. And they also grasped away weapons from our two officers and started firing,” V C Sajjanar said.
Here are a few things to know about Sajjanar:
- V C Sajjanar, who presently held key positions in undivided Andhra Pradesh and subsequently in Telangana was also considered to be instrumental in the killing of Maoists in the encounter.
- Before stepping as the Cyberabad Police Commissioner, Sajjanar has worked as IG of the special intelligence branch and the DIG of the same branch.
- He had begun his career in Jangaaon in Warangal district, as assistant superintendent of police.
- Before the intelligence wing, Sajjanar served as SP in OCTOPUS and economic offenses wing.
- He hails originally from Karnataka’s Hubbali. He was born in Pagadi Oni, in Hubbali.
- He obtained his primary and high school education from Lions School, Hubbali. He studied commerce at JG College of Commerce and completed his MBA from the Kausali Institute in Management studies of Karnatak University.
- V C Sajjanar is known for giving special attention to women and child safety, along with community policing, cybercrime and human trafficking.
Why do we need to reform Rape Statutory Laws?
The latest amendment has proposed the fast-tracking of rape cases. But India does not have the foundation to make this an easy fix, say judicial observers.
“We still have a very few courts dedicated particularly for child victims of sexual assault,” says Sunitha Krishnan, who co-founded Prajwala and who was abused when she was 15 years old. “In most cities, courts only have assigned times for children to testify.”
As a result, cases can back up, producing further delays. “Investing in and formulating this infrastructure should be the priority,” says Krishnan. “Unless we recruit and train judicial officers and redress concerns about the shortage of judicial officers, nothing will change.”
Then there is the matter of proof. Opinions in rape cases hinge on DNA evidence from forensic science labs. There are only six of these labs in all of India, and just three are equipped for DNA examination. Thousands of cases are still pending at these labs over the country. “In such a
circumstance, the victim would have to wait at least two years to get the report, making it difficult to fast track their cases,” says Bharti Ali.
A Registry Proposal
On the same day he improved the law, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also declared the government’s intention to set up a national sex offender registry to register and track rapists.
This recommendation is being hotly debated in India. While activists like Krishnan feel that it will improve monitor sexual offenders and deter crime, Ali is a critic: “Once you brand someone a rapist, it can stop them from ever wanting to recharge or reintegrate into society,” she says.
Meanwhile, the two young girls at Prajwala, like thousands of others over the country, are still waiting for justice.
Citizens particularly women were now referring to Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar as real-life Singham after the killing of involved in rape and murder case in an encounter on early Friday morning hours.
Many in State sounded that December 6, 2019, would be incised in the history of the State as the day police accomplished remarkable accomplishment that built not only confidence among girls and ladies but also their parents. After the report on the encounter of four arrested broke, people came out onto the roads and celebrated it by dancing, giving sweets and burning crackers.
Pepper sprays were bought by thousands of families for security. But after the encounter, parents believe that a new sense of freedom was built among women and girls in the State.
“Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth and it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there.”― Kurt Cobain