A day after a Kerala woman went public with her ordeal of alleged gang rape, two of the accused have been suspended from their party. Jayanthan and Bineesh, both local members of the CPM in Palakkad district of Kerala are among the four accused persons.
Earlier today, Kerala DGP Loknath Behera had said that an enquiry was ordered into the police conduct and an investigation ordered into the rape allegation.
The 32-year-old woman on Thursday alleged that the four men, all friends of her husband took her in a car saying that her husband was admitted to a hospital and raped her in August 2014. Following continuous harassment from the accused, the woman said, she told her husband about the incident and together went to the police where the couple “was treated like dogs.”
WOMAN HUMILIATED BY POLICE
“We were made to sit there from morning to evening for four days. The police asked me who gave me the most pleasure. I was not the one who made a mistake,” the woman had said.
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The woman had met artist and activist Bhagyalakshmi who narrated the incident on her Facebook page. Following this, the victim, her husband and the activist met the media where they alleged that the accused had been harassing them for the last two years, threatening them saying they had pictures and videos that could damage them further.
The woman also said that she was forced to withdraw her complaint after she was threatened that her husband and children would be killed.
OPPOSITION SEEKS SUSPENSION OF COPS
The opposition today moved an adjournment motion in Kerala assembly seeking to discuss the safety of women in Kerala with reference to the case. However, the motion was not passed. The opposition also demanded the police officers who allegedly humiliated the couple be suspended.
“The victim herself pleaded that this should not turn out to be political. It has got nothing to do with parties and politics. Action must be taken against the police who humiliated the women. We will fight until the woman gets justice,” said Parvathy T, actress and activist.
The woman on Thursday had said that she did not wish to reopen the case only because of “the humiliation and mental torture she went through when she first filed the case.”