A police sub-inspector from Kolhapur (rural) was booked in Nagpur on Tuesday for allegedly raping his colleague’s wife in February.
Tukaram Laxman Shewale, a sub-inspector who was posted at the city’s MIDC police a few months ago was charged with raping the wife of a suspended sub-inspector.
Shewale is now posted in Kolhapur. A team has left for Kolhapur to arrest Shewale.
Shewale had retained his quarters at Defence Colony near Wadi even after he was transferred to Kolhapur. Less than two months ago, when he came to Nagpur to attend a court case, he stayed at the same quarters.
On February 3, Shewale went to the terrace where his colleague’s wife was practising yoga. Shewale allegedly made obscene gestures at the woman. When she tried to leave, he restrained her and allegedly raped her.
He also threatened to harm the victim if she narrated the incident to her husband or lodged a police complaint.
The woman, however, narrated the incident to her husband, who then took her to the police station to lodge a complaint. The local police booked Shewale for rape.
Nagpur’s Commissioner of Police, Pravin Dixit, confirmed to Hindustan Times that an offence had been registered against the police officer. Dixit, however, refused to divulge any details. He even refused to comment that why the victim took more than a month to lodge a complaint. “The victim’s husband is a suspended police sub-inspector. He is under inquiry for corruption,” Dixit said.