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Woman asked to prove rape, commits suicide

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Bhopal, May 08, 2013
First Published: 23:35 IST(8/5/2013) | Last Updated: 02:05 IST(9/5/2013)

Hurt by the police’s demand for ‘credible proof of rape’, a woman chose to end her life. Before committing suicide she reportedly told her sister that the only proof she could provide was her own death. She was allegedly raped by her brother.

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The incident took place on Wednesday morning in Gwalior, more than 400kms north of Bhopal.

The victim - a 32-year-old woman - was allegedly raped by her 45-year-old brother in the wee hours of Wednesday. The woman, a divorcee, was living in a rented house with her 30-year-old sister, also a divorcee in Gwalior. She was brought to Gwalior from Sheopur, where she was living after her marriage, by her brother.

About three days back, the accused Lakhan Batham approached both the sisters and asked them to live with him in their parental house in Gwalior itself. On Wednesday morning, he is alleged to have raped the elder sister. The two sisters approached Old Gwalior police station in the morning to report the incident.

Speaking to the media, the victim’s sister told them that the police personnel on duty refused to lodge an FIR and instead abused them. They asked for some credible proof of rape. The trauma of the incident led to the suicide. While leaving the sation, she said: “Meri maut se jyada behtar aur kaun sa saboo ho sakta hai (What can be a better proof than my death)”.

Back home, she hanged herself from the ceiling in a room and ended her life. After her death police lodged the FIR under sections 376 and 306 of IPC.

Additional superintendent of police Awdhesh Goswami said prime facie it appeared that the victim committed suicide out of shame or social disapprobation.

Expressing shock over the incident, superintendent of police Santosh Singh ordered the institution of an inquiry to look into the matter. City superintendent of police Rakshapal Singh will look into the matter and submit his report in two days, he added.

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