A 20-year-old Indian woman who was jailed on charges of murder has alleged that she was gang-raped in lock up for 10 days in May, Indian media has reported.
According to Times of India, the woman has accused five police personnel of the crime, including the police station in-charge and sub-divisional police officer, in Madhya Pradesh state’s Rewa district
She made the explosive claims on October 10 while the additional district judge and a team of lawyers were on a visit to inspect the jail premises. The woman added that she informed a female constable but she was “rebuked by her seniors”.
An inquiry was ordered by the district judge and Rewa SP Rakesh Singh was asked to take action. The SP said he has yet to receive the court’s orders, adding that the woman “is a murder accused”.
The report by TOI states that the woman claimed she was raped between May 9 and May 21, with the police insisting May 21 was the day she was arrested — five days after a woman named Sudha Verna was murdered in a village falling within the Mangawan police station jurisdiction.
SP Singh said the woman and a male friend were arrested on May 21 “on the basis of call details, mobile location and other evidence”.—AFP