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Chandigarh minor rape victim's gay brother says he was sexually assaulted by police


More than two years after the Chandigarh rape case made headlines in which five policemen were accused of raping a minor, shocking revelations of violence against the victim's homosexual brother have resurfaced.

In what was a major embarrassment to the Chandigarh police in December 2013, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by five policemen over a period of two months.

Representational Image. Reuters

Representational Image. Reuters

According to a report in The Indian Express, one of the accused police officers had visited her home in connection to a complaint made about domestic violence. He later started stalking and harassing the victim along with his four other friends. He also forcefully took her to a location in Khuda Lahora area — a moniker the case assumed in several media reports — a few times and raped her at gunpoint, along with the four other accused cops.

The girl, unable to bear the trauma, confided in her sister and a male cousin, who has now levelled charges of sexual assault and torture against the police. Incidentally, the cousin has reportedly been following the case doggedly and is also a key witness in the case.

He has now approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court to file a FIR against his alleged sexual assault and harassment, according to a DNA report.

According to him, he was first beaten up in 2014 by the relatives of some of the accused and was pressured to take back the case. Following this, he approached the district court and asked for police protection — he claims that it was never provided despite the court's clear directives.

The DNA report further states that on the night of 7 July, the girl's cousin was stopped on his way and was taken to a remote area where he was assaulted. Later, the police took him to the police station.

“They first beat me up, impounded my vehicle and then groped me, including my penile areas. Then they took me to the Sector 34 police station, where they assaulted me for hours,” he said. “A policewoman said I was not a man, and said that my cousin was lying (about her rape),” the article quotes him as saying.

Another report from July 2014, published in Galaxy online magazine also reported sexual assault on the rape victim's brother. According to the Galaxy, when the boy objected to the beatings he was brought over to the police station and told he was detained for triple-riding and for not carrying a valid license. Also, reportedly, a female police officer spat in his face before beating the boy up.

The Galaxy report further states that the SHO of the police station in question had denied the allegations made by the girl's cousin as false and baseless.

Following the harassment and assault, the boy was lost his job as a school teacher and was forced to go into hiding. He sought help from Gay rights' groups and has finally approached the court to seek justice. The case is likely to come up on 19 July.

 

First Published On : Jun 15, 2016 15:57 IST

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