Four policemen, including a head constable, allegedly gang raped a 45-year-old woman all through the night on Monday, at the Amla police station in Betul district, 175 km south of Bhopal.
On Thursday, the inspector in charge of the police station was suspended and an FIR lodged against the four accused. They, however, have yet to be arrested.
The woman had been picked up earlier in the day from Jambada village for harassing one of her daughters in law.
“A case against her was lodged last month. She was arrested after her bail application was rejected by the court,” said Ramesh Damle, her lawyer.
“She should have been shifted at once to the district jail, but the policemen kept her at the thana. She was only taken to the jail next morning.”
The woman was severely warned not to disclose what had happened before she was moved to the jail. Disregarding the threats however, she complained to the Betul district jail superintendent MS Baig the same evening. “She told me she had been raped at the Amla police station,” Baig confirmed to HT. “I asked her to submit a written complaint and she did. I then informed the district police superintendent.”
A team of doctors visited the jail to examine the woman on Wednesday, but their report has not yet been revealed.
“The allegation is very serious. We’ll take strict action if it is found to be genuine,” said VK Pawar, additional director general of police.
The accused policemen denied the allegation outright. “The family is accused of dowry harassment,” said one of them.
“The woman’s eldest son also has a criminal record. They are trying to pressure the police not to investigate the case by making wild charges.”
Was there any policewoman present at the police station that night as required by law if a woman is detained? The policeman admitted that there wasn’t.
This is the second such case in recent times in the state. In March, three policemen at the Sameria police station, 400 km from Bhopal, were arrested for raping a minor who had come to complain that she had been molested.