A police officer has been arrested and suspended from duty for allegedly raping a 25-year-old tribal woman in Jhalawar district of Rajasthan, police said on Thursday.
Jugdish Prasad (59), assistant deputy inspector at Bhalta police station, was the investigator in a case the rape victim filed against her in-laws in January, they said.
After a preliminary investigation against Prasad, Jhalawar Superintendent of Police Monika Sen fired him from the Rajasthan Police Service and ordered the forfeiture of all his post-retirement benefits.
Mr. Prasad is expected to retire in six months.
He had disturbed the victim by making frequent phone calls under the guise of an investigation, the victim alleged in his complaint, police said.
On Monday evening, while attending a wedding ceremony in a village, Mr Prasad called her outside, took her to a forest area on his motorbike and allegedly raped her.
He then dropped her off at the wedding venue and left when he saw her husband, police said citing the complaint.
The wife then told the husband about her ordeal and on Tuesday evening they filed a complaint against Prasad at the same police station where he is deployed.
A complaint was filed against the officer under Section 376 (2) (a) (i) (rape by a police officer within the designated boundaries of the police station) of the Indian Penal Code and the Act of 1989 on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Atrocity Prevention), said Circle Officer (CO) Girdhar Singh.
Mr Prasad was arrested within 24 hours of the complaint, he said.
The victim’s statement was filed in front of the magistrate on Wednesday after a medical examination, Mr Singh said.
Prasad is due in court on Thursday. The police will not seek his pre-trial detention for questioning and his preliminary investigation has already been carried out, he added.
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