Indian police officer arrested for allegedly raping girl | Sunday Observer

Indian police officer arrested for allegedly raping girl

8 May, 2022

A police officer in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl who went to police to report she had been gang raped.

A criminal case has been registered against him and he has been suspended, a senior police official said.

The girl alleged that she had been gang raped by four men last month. The report has led to outrage in India with many people expressing anger on social media.

State authorities have ordered a high-level probe into the incident and have asked for a report within 24 hours. The National Human Rights Commission has also sought a report from senior police officials within four weeks.

In his complaint to the police, the girl’s father alleged that four men had taken his daughter to the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh where they sexually assaulted her for four days. The men then brought her back to her village in Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh (UP) before they fled.

The next day, the officer in charge of the local police station raped the girl when she went to the police station with her aunt to lodge a complaint, NDTV news channel reported.

Lalitpur district police chief Nikhil Pathak told reporters that the girl, who was brought to his office by the Childline charity, told him what had happened. “When I was informed, I made sure a case was filed,” he said. – BBC