The Tarn Taran police on Monday arrested an 18-year-old woman, on whose complaint a former sarpanch was booked for rape recently, in a case of murder that dates back to January this year.
Sources said the police called the rape victim for a medical examination on Monday, but arrested her. Tarn Taran sadar police station house officer Yadwinder Singh said the woman has been arrested as she is a co-accused in a murder case, for which her father is lodged in the Amritsar central jail.
On Friday, the woman had complained to the police that her relative and former Gorkha sarpanch Kulwinder Singh had raped her, after her mother left her at his house for some days. Acting on the victim’s complaint, Kulwinder Singh was booked for rape under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Saturday.
Various social organisations, including Kisan Sangharsh Committee, have warned to launch a stir if the woman is not released by May 25.