Authorities in Uttar Pradesh have detained a suspected Lalitpur police officer. The claimsthat he is innocent and calls for an independent investigation. Police said all 29 law enforcement officers on duty at the time of the alleged incident were reprimanded and suspended. If they are guilty of any crime, harsh measures will be taken against them.
According to the girl’s father, it all started with four men took away his daughter to the neighboring state of Madhya Pradesh, where she was sexually abused for four days. Then they brought her back to her village.
The girl went to the police station to file a complaint, where a police officer was supposed to rape her in the presence of her aunt. She is also among the accused.
The police and the police detained the four suspects. They are also accused of violating the rights of minority castes. The girl belongs to the Dalits, better known as the Untouchables, the lowest and widely discriminated caste. She’s also a suspicious police officer.
The case provoked great outrage. “If police stations are not safe for women, then where will they go to complain?” Wrote senior opposition member Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. “Has the government seriously considered increasing the number of female police officers at police stations to make them safe for women?”
India has long faced high levels of sexual violence against women. It is estimated that on average, a woman is raped in the country every 18 minutes.
Girls and women from the Untouchables caste are frequent victims. In August last year, police accused four men, including a Hindu priest, from the rape of a nine-year-old Dalit girl.
In 2013, the Indian parliament passed a strict law that in some cases allows the death penalty to be imposed for rape. He responded to nationwide protests following the mass rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in Delhi in 2012. In 2020, the perpetrators of the brutal crime were executed.
According to the latest Indian crime data, almost 32,000 rapes or rape attempts were reported in the country in 2020. He believes that the number is probably much larger, as many cases remain unreported.