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Another deaf and mute tribal woman alleges rape by MP hostel director

A case was registered in Indore on Saturday night against Ashwini Sharma, the hostel’s director, on the basis of the complaint filed by the 23-year-old hearing-and-speech impaired tribal woman, a native of Dhar district.

bhopal Updated: Aug 12, 2018 18:21 IST
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The victim, in her complaint, has accused the hostel director of raping her after showing pornographic material to her.(HT/Picture for representation)

One more hearing-and-speech impaired tribal woman in Madhya Pradesh has lodged a police complaint against the director of a hostel in Bhopal for allegedly raping her after showing pornographic material to her.

A case was registered in Indore on Saturday night against Ashwini Sharma, the hostel’s director, on the basis of the complaint filed by the 23-year-old woman, a native of Dhar district, Indore’s Hira Nagar police station in-charge Mahendra Singh Bhadauria said on Sunday.

The victim, in her complaint, has accused Sharma of raping her after showing pornographic material to her, the official said, but did not divulge any further details. The alleged incident occurred between December 2017 and February 2018, when the woman was staying in Sharma’s hostel in Bhopal for her studies, Bhadauria said.

Based on her complaint, a case was registered under IPC sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offence) and relevant provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The case diary was being transferred to Bhopal Police for further investigation, Bhadauria said.

Sharma was arrested in Bhopal on August 8 after another 20-year-old deaf-and-mute woman lodged a police complaint, accusing him of repeatedly raping her during her stay in the hostel over the last three years.

So far, four FIRs have been lodged by the police on the basis of separate complaints from four deaf-and-mute women, including two sisters, accusing Sharma of sexually exploiting them. Police had earlier said the accused used to run a hostel for hearing-and-speech impaired people in Awadhpuri area of Bhopal.

Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) Makrand Deuskar had last week said police would talk to all the inmates of the hostel.

On August 9, the opposition Congress had claimed that the hostel was aided by the Madhya Pradesh government’s social justice department and demanded a thorough investigation into the incident and a social audit of all such hostels.

The party had drawn parallels with the Muzaffarpur (Bihar) and Deoria (Uttar Pradesh) shelter home rape cases, which have rocked the country after being unearthed in April-May and August respectively.

First Published: Aug 12, 2018 18:20 IST