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Fri, 23 Aug 2019

Northeast Today

Nails plucked, threatened with electrocution by police: Custodial rape victim files FIR

Nails plucked, threatened with electrocution by police: Custodial rape victim files FIR
July 17
15:14 2019

NET Bureau

Chilling details have come out in the custodial rape and torture of the Dalit woman, whose brother-in-law died in the custody of Churu district’s Sardarshahar police station in Rajasthan.

The custodial death of the 22-year-old Dalit man and the gang rape of his sister-in-law by policemen, which has rocked the state.

Now, the woman has made serious allegations against the Rajasthan Police, claiming that police officers plucked her nails, raped her, assaulted her with sticks for days. She said she was threatened with being set on fire at one point.

She said she was apprehended by the police in a private car and forcibly taken to the police station. There she was abused for days as a woman officer tried to save her.

“The cops forced me to strip and then verbally abused me. They even threatened to douse me in petrol and burn me alive,” the victim said in her FIR.

The Dalit woman has alleged that she was raped by five-six policemen and the accused included the SHO of the Sardarshahar police station.

The woman’s husband told media on Saturday that his brother was held by the police on June 30. He said, “On June 30, police picked my 22-year-old brother in a theft case. On July 3, they came with him but when they took him back the same day, they took my wife too. Later, on the night of July 6-7, police tortured and murdered my brother. My wife, who witnessed the torture, was gang-raped by police. They also plucked her nails, hurt her eyes and fingers.

He alleged that even after the death of his brother, his wife was illegally detained by the police till July 10.

After the man’s custodial death came to light, the SHO and six other policemen were suspended. Remaining policemen of the station were shunted to police lines and a judicial inquiry was ordered.

Based on the woman’s statement, an FIR against the then SHO and five to seven other policemen were registered.

The case has been registered under sections 376-D (gangrape), 343 (wrongful confinement for three or more days), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the SC and ST (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act.

The government has also ordered a judicial probe into the custodial death.

Source: India Today

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