A police officer, who asked a gang rape victim, which one of her rapists gave her the most pleasure, was suspended on Monday.
M V Manikantan, circle Inspector of Peramangalam police station in Thrissur district of Kerala, was suspended pending enquiry.
“Among the four, who gave you the most pleasure?”, Manikantan had allegedly asked the 32-year-old rape victim when she came to register a complaint.
The woman, who was allegedly raped by her husband’s friends, was forced to withdraw her complaint as she couldn’t put up with the “humiliating” questions asked by him.
IGP M R Ajit Kumar said he has initiated a probe into the allegation levelled by the victim against Manikantan.
Meanwhile, CPI(M) has suspended its Wadakancherry Municipal Councillor Jayanthan and another party worker in connection with the gangrape.
Actor and social activitst Bhagyalakshmi, who was instrumental in bringing the crime to light, criticised the police officer for posing such questions.
Meanwhile, Congress-led UDF on Monday demanded that a case be registered against CPI(M)’s Thrissur District Secretary K Radhakrishnan for allegedly disclosing to the media the name of the gangrape victim.
Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala wrote to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, demanding that a case be registered against Radhakrishnan, a former minister and Speaker, as he had “deliberately” named the victim.
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the party had promptly acted when the allegations were levelled. “We will make sure such things which are not correct are not allowed,” he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.
CPI(M) Politbureau member Brinda Karat said that naming the victim was a “mistake”. “We are not supposed to name the victim. So it was a mistake to name the victim,” she said in Delhi.
Police have recorded the statements of the woman and her husband.
The woman had appeared before media, alleging that she had been gang raped by four persons, including by the CPI(M) councillor, two years ago and was being harassed.