Shimla: Colonel arrested for raping daughter of junior officer, sent to police custody

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Shimla: Colonel arrested for raping daughter of junior officer, sent to police custody

The incident occurred at the Army Training Command in Shimla.

A 56-year-old Army colonel was arrested Wednesday on charges of raping the daughter of a lieutenant colonel posted at the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) in Shimla.

The serving Army officer was produced in court today and was remanded to police custody until November 25.

A friend of his is also accused of raping her.

The victim was allegedly raped at the colonel's residence on Monday. She filed a complaint on the same day, PTI reported.

What follows (in italics) is what the victim alleged in her complaint: On November 19, the accused invited her and her father for a programme at Shimla's noted Gaiety theatre, after which he them out for dinner.

During dinner, she told the Colonel she wanted to be a model. The Colonel said his daughter was in Mumbai, and that she could help her build a modelling career. He then asked her to send him photos of her on WhatsApp.

A day later, the Colonel asked her to come home, and promise to introduce her to people associated with the modelling industry. As soon as she reached his residence, he took her into a room, forced her to drink alcohol, and then raped her. (His friend was there too.)

The Colonel threatened to destroy her father's career if she told anyone about the incident.

Based on the victim's complaint, police registered a case under IPC section 376 (rape) against both the Colonel and his friend.

The Colonel has been arrested, and will be produced in court today. Police are looking for the friend, and say they will soon detain him.

Superintendent of Police Soumya Sambasivan confirmed the registration of the FIR and the arrest of the colonel, but refused to disclose his identity.

(With inputs from PTI)