UP cops gang-rape woman in police station

UP cops gang-rape woman in police station

Policemen in the Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh, about 325 km from here, allegedly gang-raped a woman inside a police station.

They forced the victim, whose husband worked as a labourer in Gujarat, to drink before raping her, sources said.

In a complaint, the victim said she was taken to Khadda police station in the district on July 17 by the “chowkidar” (guard) of her village, on the pretext of getting her a job.

“I was taken to a room inside the police station and was forced to consume liquor. A sub-inspector was the first to rape me followed by other policemen and the chowkidar,” she said.

The victim said she managed to escape her tormentors in the evening and informed her husband about her plight. “I also approached the mahila (women) police station to lodge a report, but was turned away,” she alleged.
Senior police officials visited the victim’s village on Monday.

An FIR has been registered against Sub-Inspector Virendra Kumar and village guard Vijay Verma, sources said. Both were absconding. Meanwhile, medical examination of the victim confirmed rape, officials said.  Many incidents of atrocities against women by policemen have been reported in Uttar Pradesh in the recent past.

A few days ago, a sub-inspector tried to molest a woman in Mall police station in Lucknow district. He was caught after the woman resisted the attempt and raised an alarm.

Last year, a minor was raped and killed at a police station in Lakhimpur-Kheri district. The CBI is investigating the incident.   According to the state home department,  298 police personnel are currently lodged in jails for offences like rape, murder, extortion and robbery.

The Allahabad High Court recently asked the government to post “cultured and outstanding officers” at police stations to control atrocities against women.

The cases of molesting and raping women inside state jails have raised a serious question on the security of females in an arena guarded by the protectors of the law and order. Many such cases have brought shame to the state police. in the past too.

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