A 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 police.
“Among the four, who gave you the most pleasure?” the 32-year-old woman, who spoke to the press here on Thursday, quoted one of the policemen as saying.
The mother of two went public about the two-year-old incident a day after popular dubbing artist and actor Bhagyalakshmi posted her story on Facebook.
Two years ago, the four men came to their home in Thrissur and said her husband was unwell and they had come to take her to hospital where he was being treated, the woman told mediapersons, with her husband and the actor sitting by her side. The couple had their faces covered.
The men took her to a secluded house. They took turns to rape her and video-recorded the assault, she said. They dumped her at her home and left with a warning that the video would be made public and her children killed if she went to police, she alleged.
A few days later, the couple decided to report the assault. More ignominy and torture was heaped on her at the police station, the woman said. The men, one of whom was “well-connected”, threatened that the children would come to harm if she didn’t take back her complaint.
A police officer even showed her how she could change the affidavit submitted to the magistrate.
The men, however, continued to harass her even after she withdrew the compliant.
The woman was planning to meet chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to submit a petition for reopening of the case. But she couldn’t meet him because of his busy schedule.
A Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader named by the woman as one of the rapists denied the charge. “She asked us to part with Rs 15 lakh. When we refused, she cooked up a story,” he told HT.
The party’s district committee promised strict action if any of its leaders was involved in the incident.
For their part, police said a case has been filed already and investigation has begun.
“We will not spare anyone, including police officers,” director general of police Loknath Behra said.