Indian police gang-raped woman for not paying bribe

An Indian woman said she was attacked at a police station in Uttar Pradesh after going there to seek her husband's release.

Indian police gang-raped woman for not paying bribe

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Indian woman has said she was gang-raped by four officers at a police station, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

According to the Guardian, she was attacked when she went to the station overnight on Monday in the Hamirpur district to seek her husband's release.

"At 11.30pm when there was no one in the room the sub-inspector took me to his room and raped me inside the police station," the woman told CNN-IBN.

She filed a complaint on Wednesday saying she was attacked after she refused to pay a bribe to secure the release of her husband. Virendra Kumar Shekhar, a police official from Hamirpur, said: "The procedure will be followed. The victim has filed a complaint and the guilty will be arrested soon."

The case is the latest in a string of rapes and murders in Uttar Pradesh,India's most populous state, where the chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, is under growing political pressure over his handling of law and order.

Last month, two girls, aged 12 and 14, were gang-raped and lynched in their village. They were attacked after going into a field to relieve themselves at night because they did not have a lavatory at home.

Their families refused to cut the bodies down from the tree for hours in protest, saying police had failed to take action against the attackers because the girls were from a low caste.

The prime minister, Narendra Modi urged all politicians to work together to protect women. Modi warned politicians against "politicising rape", saying they were "playing with the dignity of women" in his first speech to parliament since sweeping to power at last month's election. 

Last Mod: 19 Haziran 2014, 12:36
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