Cops insult gang-rape survivor in Kerala, DGP orders probe
Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra assured a probe into the Thrissur gang rape case, after the victim complained cops allegedly insulted her, working hand in glove with the rapists.
The victim alleged the police questioned her in an insensitive and indecent manner, asking questions including “Which one of them gave you the greatest pleasure?”.
The incident came to light after the victim, 33-year-old woman hailing from Thrissur, accused four persons, including Vadakkanchery municipal councillor belonging to the CPI(M), of having gang-raped her two years ago.
In a press conference held in the state capital recently, she also recounted the police compelled her to work out a compromise, rather than pursue the case. The victim and her husband addressed the media along with dubbing artist Bhagya Lakshmi and actor-activist Parvathi.
“I had to face harsh response from the police officials when I went to the police station to file a complaint. Even after withdrawing the complaint, I had to face harassment from the police,” she told media.
She has identified the four rapists as Shibu, Bineesh, Jineesh and councillor PN Jayanthan and said the four men were her husband’s friends. According to the victim, they took her from Thrissur to Kodangallur in the pretext of taking her to a hospital to which her husband had been admitted.
Kerala Police chief assured the victim and her husband that her fresh complaint will be investigated properly. “All of you can believe me, when I say that proper action will be taken on the complaint of the victim and there will be no let down,” said Behra.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jayanthan, denied the allegations saying the charges were motivated.
“Her claim that she was taken some 30 kilometres in his car, gang-raped and brought back to her home itself showed the allegations to be false. The woman and her husband owe us Rs. 3 lakh and there was a dispute over this. Later, the woman had begun demanding Rs. 15 lakh,” he told media.