In a shocking incident, a 20-year-old woman has alleged that 5 police personnel raped her for 10 days while she was kept in a lock-up.
As per the reports, the woman claimed that she was raped for 10 days in May this year by five police personnel, including the police station in-charge and subdivisional police officer, in Mangawan of MP’s Rewa district.
The woman, who is in jail custody, made this allegation before the team of an additional district judge and lawyers. They had gone to inspect the prison on October 10.
After listening to the allegations, the district judge ordered an inquiry and wrote to the Rewa SP Rakesh Singh to take action. The woman shared how she was raped between May 9 and May 21, while police say she was arrested on May 21.
The woman further alleged that she was raped by the SDOP, police station in-charge, and three constables and was locked up. She further told the legal team how when a female constable protested, the seniors rebuked her.
As per the Supreme Court orders, the legal teams routinely visit female inmates in prison and submit reports. While questioning the woman on why she didn’t speak up earlier, advocate Satish Mishra mentioned:
“When we asked why she hadn’t spoken up earlier, she said she had told the warden three months ago,”
Even, the warden acknowledged that the detainee had told her about the gangrape. But there are hardly any signs that there was an investigation based on her complaint.
President of Rewa district bar association further mentioned:
“Her statement was recorded by additional district judge and placed before the chief judicial magistrate, who then submitted it to the district judge. On October 14, the judge ordered a judicial probe and wrote to the SP,”
It is heartbreaking how this woman’s complaint was ignored earlier and no investigation was put in place. This incident is a scary reminder of how people, who are supposed to protect vulnerable women, make them the victim.
At IFORHER, we hope the investigation would soon reveal the truth and this woman will get justice.