Witness in case struggles to make ends meet
NEW DELHI: December 16, 2012 is still fresh in Rajkumar Singh’s memory. The Kargil war veteran was out in south Delhi when he spotted a young woman and her male friend severely injured on the roadside. It was a cold, misty night and vehicles were speeding by.
The 52-year-old called the police control room and waited with the victims, getting them water and bed sheets to stem the blood flow. After they were taken to hospital, he went home.
“I have seen the Kargil war but the victim’s condi- tion was more brutal. I can never forget that night,” he says. But the act of kindness appears to have cost him dearly. Singh spent the next four years shuttling between courts and police stations, lost his job, took a pay cut and is now struggling to provide for his family. The retired havaldar was working as a patrolling officer with the highway concessionaire at the time. But while the media spotlight on the case sparked a nationwide movement to improve women’s safety and effected changes in India’s rape laws, Singh says the prolonged exposure ruined him.
Police came to my office... I was made a witness but my company was not happy and told me that I was trying to take undue benefit and misuse the spotlight. They started harassing me and finally I had to resign.