Public Relations deputy director booked for sexual assault, complainant abducted
Bhopal: Fifteen days
after the complaint made by a 34-year-old woman, accusing a middle-aged deputy
director of Madhya Pradesh Public Relations department, RS Meena, of sexually
harassed her, the police have registered an FIR against the accused officer on
Tuesday. But in a strange turn of events, when the cops registered the case
against Meena, the complainant was kidnapped from near her house. A separate
FIR under Section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her
marriage) of the IPC was registered at Kolar police station.
She left home in the evening,
but did not return after which her mother registered a case, police said.
Usually, she moved around the city in a car, but this time she walked probably
to get something from near the house. Officials said she gave her mobile set to
mother after charging it, police said.
Meanwhile, Mahila Thana
station house officer Sandhya Mishra said that a case has been registered under
sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her
modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) against Meena. The FIR
was registered when prima facie it appeared that the allegations levelled
against the officer were correct, she said.
The officer allegedly
took her to an agriculture institute at Ratibad on promise of introducing her
to two people to get sanction for projects and allegedly attempted rape. The
woman, a divorcee and mother of a boy, met senior police officials and visited
chief minister’s house several times in past few days to register an FIR.
The woman claimed she
had a mobile clip to back her allegations and accused the official of employing
bulldozing tactics like sending goons to her house, who forcibly took her set
and threatened to wipe out her family if she dared to utter a word about it.
The woman runs a non-government
organization (NGO), which works for mentally-challenged women. The victim said
she had met the officer at a function in Indore, where she was awarded in
August. He allegedly told her he could get projects sanctioned for her from
seven departments and took Rs 70,000, she claimed in her complaint.