Madhya Pradesh: Two Women Allege Sexual Assault by Senior Cops, Shivraj Singh Chouhan Orders Action
Bhopal, Nov 22: Two women, including a police constable, alleged sexual assault and exploitation by two high-rank officers of Madhya Pradesh police department, after which Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday ordered authorities to take strict action against accused cops. However, the authorities didn’t let the victims meet the Chief Minister when he was holding a meeting with senior officials to review law and order scene/crime cases, particularly the rising incidents of crime against women.
A 26-year-old constable posted at the state police headquarters alleged sexual harassment by an Additional Superintendent of Police rank officer. She also complained to ADG-Crime Against Women, Aruna Mohan Rao about being regularly harassed sexually by the senior cop. The ADG has formed a committee to probe the matter and based on the its report action will be initiated in the matter, a senior state police official told a news portal.
Similarly, a middle-aged woman from Bhopal alleged sexual exploitation over 11 years by a Deputy Superintendent of Police rank officer posted in Indore. The victim, who is the mother of a 13-year-old son, said the accused cop had secretly married her and sexually exploited her between 2005 and 2016.
“He married me secretly and put sindoor (vermillion) in my forehead, but since December 2016, he has not only detached self from me and my son but along with his legally wedded wife and brother-in-law has been threatening to kill me and my son, if I made the matter public. He along with kin even assaulted me and my son inside my house in Bhopal in December 2016,” the woman was quoted as saying.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered the authorities to take strict action against the two police officers. On being asked why the two women were not allowed to meet him, Chouhan said he would meet them. “I am ready to meet anyone and will certainly meet them. I have asked the home minister to look into the matter. I have ordered the authorities to take appropriate action. We are very serious to curb crime against women in the state. We are also considering other steps to put a stop on crime against women,” the Chief Minister said.