Indian policeman arrested over rape charge

The police officer is accused of raping the 30-year-old woman in a moving vehicle


Afp January 16, 2017
High levels of sexual violence against women and young girls in India continue despite tough laws against sex offenders and mass street protests. PHOTO: AFP

BANGALORE: A police officer has been arrested for allegedly raping a mentally challenged woman in southern India, an officer said on Monday.

He is accused of raping the 30-year-old woman in a moving vehicle after spotting her walking along a deserted stretch of road and offering her a lift.

"The accused ASI (assistant sub inspector) Umesh has been suspended and arrested after the victim's mother filed a complaint on Sunday evening," police superintendent Isha Pant told AFP.

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The driver of the vehicle has also been arrested for abetting the alleged crime and attempting to hide evidence. The incident in southern Karnataka state took place during a Hindu harvest festival.

"As it was a festive weekend, movement of public or vehicles was much less when the incident occurred," Pant said.

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India has been shamed in the past by headline-grabbing levels of sexual assault against women, notably in December 2012 when a student was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi and later died of her injuries.

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