KEY POINTS

  • The girl was allegedly abducted from her home on April 22
  • The teen was allegedly abused at the police station when she went to file a complaint on April 26
  • Three suspects were arrested and a case has been filed against five people

A teen rape victim in India was allegedly sexually assaulted by a cop when she went to the police station to complain about her perpetrators.

The 13-year-old girl from Lalitpur, a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, was allegedly abducted by four men on April 22 and taken to Bhopal, a city 150 miles away from her hometown. Three days later, the suspects who sexually assaulted the girl, dumped her at the local police station in Pali where she was handed over to her aunt. 

When the girl came back again to the police station the next day to record her statement of complaint, Tilakdhari Saroj, the officer in charge, allegedly raped her in his room and handed her back to the aunt, The Indian Express reported.

The girl's family did not know about the alleged assaults until the teen who was handed over to the Childline Welfare Committee later narrated her ordeal.

Meanwhile, the investigators have arrested three of the accused and registered a case against all five, including the police officer and the aunt. 

A case has been filed against the suspects on multiple charges including kidnapping, rape of a minor, and conspiracy. The accused police officer who has been suspended from the post faces additional charges of sexual assault of a woman in custody by a public servant.

"It is part of our investigation to find out why the rape case was not filed when the victim reached the police station for the first time (April 26)," a senior investigating officer, Nikhil Pathak said.

Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, All India Congress Committee in charge of the state, said in a Tweet: "The incident of gang-rape with a 13-year-old girl in Lalitpur and then rape by a police officer after taking a complaint shows how the real reforms of law and order are being suppressed under the noise of 'bulldozer'. If police stations are not safe for women, where will they go with their complaints?," as reported by Hindustan Times.

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