Woman files harassment plaint against ACP

A woman has filed a harassment complaint against an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Division) has ordered an inquiry against ACP Yeshwantapura sub-division Ravi Prasad after the woman alleged that she was harassed and posed with inappropriate questions.

The woman had approached the ACP with a sexual harassment complaint.
The woman met the city police commissioner T Suneel Kumar on November 25, nearly two months after she filed her first complaint at the Soladevahalli police station.

According to the woman's initial complaint, she stated that two men, identified as Hanumanthappa and Ravi, barged into her residence at Hesaraghatta on September 17 and hurled abuses demeaning her caste and proceeded to assault, misbehave and grope her.

She said that they assaulted her as she had contested elections against them for a local trust.

The woman was admitted to KC General Hospital where the Soladevanahalli police obtained statements from her. Since no case was registered, threats from Hanumanthappa and Ravi increased day by day. The woman then approached the DCP (North) on November 15 who instructed the Soladevanahalli police to take up the case.

"A case was registered under sections of Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the case was forwarded to the jurisdictional ACP," said Chetan Singh Rathore, DCP North.

The woman waited for three days to give a statement. On November 18, Prasad called the woman and during the questioning, he reportedly asked her inappropriate questions.

"He asked her to recreate how the accused touched her private parts," she stated in her complaint.

"When I asked him (Prasad) how could I show, he replied that I should remove my clothes and show where they touched me," she said in the complaint.

She also alleged that another senior police officer from Soladevanahalli police station also harassed her. He blamed her that she was not cooperating with the investigation, while in reality, the police officer had intimidated two eyewitnesses of the assault, she said in her complaint.

Rathore said he has been asked to inquire and submit a report on the incident.

"All the allegations into the complaint are being looked into and all the sides will be heard from whoever is involved to ascertain facts," Rathore said. The calls made to ACP Prasad went unanswered.

DH News Service

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