In a bizarre incident, a police officer has been arrested for allegedly raping women in his custody for days with the help of a female Special Police Officer (SPO) at police station Khour in Akhnoor area of Jammu.
The police officer has been identified as Sub Inspector (SI) Mohammad Iqbal who has been arrested today under section 376 (2)/109 RPC of FIR number 45/ 2016 registered at police station Khour while the female SPO identified as Mamta Kumari has also been detained after the medical examination and statements of victim under 164 CrPC at Court in Akhnoor.
“Both the accused are behind the bars at police station Akhnoor besides police is working hard to prepare a sturdy charge sheet against the both as prima facie the allegations leveled against them seem to be true” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu, Dr. Sunil Gupta.
The victim Rekha (fictitious name) was allegedly raped by the accused SI with the help of female SPO about six month ago when a complaint was lodged by victim’s parents that their daughter has been kidnapped by someone after which police recovered both from Jammu and brought them to Police station Khour.
At Khour, the victim instead of being handed over to women cell or her family after recording the statements was illegally kept under custody in a separate room/cell for days by SI Mohammad Iqbal who was the then Station House Officer (SHO) of police station Khour. As per reports, the female SPO Mamta Kumari convinced the victim to surrender before the SHO for fulfilling his ill-intended advances and she also assisted him while raping the victim for days as she was also deployed in the same police station.
The report further said that the SHO had even threatened the woman of malign her image if she will not give up herself. Later the same SHO solemnized the marriage of the duo but continued to sexually abuse the victim. She allegedly did not raise her voice because of social stigma. But finally showing enough courage, the victim Rekha lodged a complaint with SDPO Akhnoor on May 10, 2016 that she had been raped by the SHO Khour SI Mohammad Iqbal.
Investigation was immediately started. Both the accused SHO and female SPO were taken into custody and grilled in the police station. Police sources said that after grilling both for hours, the accused accept having committed the crime.
SSP Jammu Sunil Gupta while addressing a press conference said that sufficient security would be provided to the victim if she will demand and assured that nobody involved in this barbaric crime will be spared. He said that investigation under proper supervision is in process and proper transparency will be maintained to ensure victim gets justice.
“Lot of things are still matter of inquiry and it would be premature to comment over them. Let law take its own course and if any other case against SI Mohammad Iqbal will come into light during the proceedings, it will also be taken into consideration,” said Gupta. He affirmed that no would be spared for playing with law.