When Indian cops turn rapist

25 Feb

Indian cops protecting women - Image by lankaviews.comHere is an incident which further taints the image of our Indian police and their commitment towards prevention of crime against women in India. In Aldur, a village in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, the Aldur police on February 16, 2013 arrested a woman in connection with a chain-snatching that took place in 2011. The women used to rob gold ornaments and sell them through an accomplice in Bangalore. Five policemen, including Sub Inspector (SI), a female assistant SI and three constables which included a female constable of the Aldur police station brought the women to Bangalore to recover items she was accused of having stolen and also to arrest a co-accused.

The male police staff was lodged in a room, while the accused and the two policewomen were lodged separately in another room. According to the complaint filed by the woman, the SI summoned her to his room and raped her. Later, two police constables also raped her. She said “We stayed at a lodge in Bangalore. The SI and two constables raped me and threatened me not to reveal the incident to others. The woman constable did not come to my rescue”.  She further added “They threatened to rape my 12-year-old daughter if I informed the judge about the incident. Though the judge asked me if I was harassed by the police, I could not say anything”.

The woman victim met the Chikmagalur Superintendent of Police N. Shashi Kumar and lodged a written complaint against the SI and the two constables. Pratap Reddy, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range), has suspended five police personnel, attached to Aldur police station, in connection with the alleged rape of a woman detained in a theft case. Those suspended are police sub-inspector K.R. Shivakumar, assistant sub-inspector Nandini Shetti, and constables Gururaj, K.B. Mahesh and Kruthika. The woman victim and the SI Shivakumar have undergone a medical test while the two constables Mahesh and Gururaj are said to be absconding. The IG, Mr. Pratap reddy said “we will take action based on the medical report and the report from the Forensic Science Laboratory”. It’s a shame that our Indian police even after the horrifying incident of Delhi gang rape case hasn’t learnt to respect women of our country.

Are Indian cops serious about protecting Women?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...