A 28-year-old police constable posted at the Sultanpuri police station in outer Delhi has been held for allegedly raping a widow. The incident comes amid efforts by the force to improve its image that had taken a beating after the December 16 gang rape.
The constable, Mithun, was held after the woman lodged a complaint.
She accused Mithun of "eying her" ever since his posting as a beat constable in the area. Officers, on the other side, said she would live at a house owned by Mithun's brother.
The constable allegedly had a physical relationship with the woman after promising to marry her. But when he refused to keep his promise, the alleged victim approached the police and filed a complaint against him, they said.
The widow contradicted the police's version and said Mithun would often verbally abuse her. He even molested her and when she protested, he would threaten to kill her.
"When she objected to his behaviour, he threatened to kill her. This had been going on for quite some time but the woman did not make the matter known to others," said a police officer quoting her complaint.
On Wednesday night, the constable reportedly went to the victim's house when she was alone. He began molesting her and when she resisted, he threatened her and raped her.