A police officer in India has been arrested after he was accused of raping a 13-year-old woman who went to his station to report that she had been raped.
The alleged incident is the most recent to highlight the excessive ranges of sexual violence on the planet’s largest democracy, the place a girl is raped each 18 minutes on common.
The woman can also be a member of India’s Dalit group, which has lengthy suffered from marginalization and violence by higher castes whereas receiving little assist from the police.
In response to her father, she was raped for a number of days by 4 males final month.
However when she tried to file a grievance final week, the station’s officer on obligation raped her, in accordance with an NGO that’s now counseling her.
Police mentioned the officer was arrested on Wednesday, together with 4 different folks and the woman’s aunt, who was reportedly within the station’s room when she was attacked.
Twenty-nine different officers who had been current on the police station within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on the time of the alleged assault have been suspended.
The information of the incident sparked outrage on Indian social media.
“If police stations aren’t secure for ladies, the place are they going to complain?” tweeted Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a senior member of the opposition Congress get together.
“Has the (Uttar Pradesh) authorities critically thought of rising the deployment of feminine officers in police stations to make them secure for ladies?”
India has lengthy been affected by sexual violence towards girls. InPolice within the Indian capital arrested 11 folks, together with 9 girls, after the alleged brutal gang rape and torture of a younger lady, throughout which she was paraded by way of the streets and humiliated.
Final yr, a 34-year-old lady died in Mumbai after being…– reminisce in regards to the 2012 Delhi rape and homicide of a younger medical scholar, which led to and made worldwide headlines.
India’s rape legal guidelines and punishments had been revised after the 2012 assault. However violations stay excessive, with greater than 28,000 rapes reported in 2020, in accordance with the most recent official information, which is believed to be simply the tip of the iceberg.