A murder-accused in MP alleges gang-rape by 5 cops for 10 days in prison

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A murder-accused alleged that 5 cops gang-raped her for 10 days in a prison in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. In the picture, people hold a candlelight vigil in support of sexual assault victims.

A murder-accused in MP alleged gang-rape by 5 cops for 10 days in a prison in Rewa district. The 20-year-old murder-accused woman revealed this heinous crime before an additional district judge and a team of lawyers who had gone to inspect the correctional home in Mangawan on October 10. She said the officials that five police officials gang-raped her for a period of ten days in the lock-up.

The young woman said the Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP), the police station in-charge and three other constables gang-raped her while she was in the lock-up. She also said that the accused then intimidated her into silence.

Further, she said, senior officials pulled up a lady constable, who protested against the crime, The Times of India reported. The woman is now in the custody of the police.

After the explosive revelation, the judge ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter. The judge wrote to Rewa SP Rakesh Singh seeking action against the errant cops. However, Singh denied receiving any such letter from the court.

The rape-victim said the officials violated her between May 9 and May 21. However the police claimed that she was arrested on May 21, around five days after the murder took place.

“She is a murder-accused,” Singh told TOI, when asked about the incident. “The police arrested the woman, along with a male friend, on May 21, on the basis of call details and mobile location. Cops recovered the weapon used in the crime from a septic tank in the presence of villagers on May 21,” he said.

The mobile location of the woman was found to be around 20km from the police station till May 16.

Informed warden about gang-rape

When the inspection team asked the woman why she hadn’t revealed about the incident before, she said that she had informed the prison warden three months ago. Meanwhile, the warden admitted that the victim told her about the gang-rape, but she “did not believe her”.

Advocate Satish Mishra, who was part of October 10 inspection team, said, “Under Supreme Court orders, legal teams routinely visit female inmates in prison and submit reports. When we went on October 10, she said all this in front of the four of us. The team includes additional district judge, law officer of the district legal aid authority and two lawyers, including me. When we asked why she hadn’t spoken up earlier, she said she had told the warden three months ago.”

“Besides, she mentioned that there were policemen in jail when the incident took place, which is why she was scared. She said the cops had threatened to implicate her father in the murder case if talked about it,” Mishra added.

Meanwhile, the president of Rewa district bar association, Rajendra Pandey, was quoted in the report, saying, “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.”

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