IAF man booked for molesting 19-year-old girl at gunpoint

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 19 April 2018

Pune: A 19-year-old girl has registered an FIR with Pune city police stating that a team of Air Force patrolling team forcefully took her away along with her male friend near Kalwadvasti stone quarry around Sunday midnight and kept in custody till 2.30 am. One of them allegedly molested her after threatening to shoot her friend. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has also initiated an enquiry.

Pune: A 19-year-old girl has registered an FIR with Pune city police stating that a team of Air Force patrolling team forcefully took her away along with her male friend near Kalwadvasti stone quarry around Sunday midnight and kept in custody till 2.30 am. One of them allegedly molested her after threatening to shoot her friend. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has also initiated an enquiry.

The Vimantal (airport) police have filed the case against IAF policeman for the offence under 354 (outraging modesty of a woman), 354a (sexual harassment) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. 

As per her statement, she resides near Pune station and was going to Kalwadvasti with her male friend around 11 pm to meet her fiance. “When we reached near Akashnagar on Airport Road on a two-wheeler, it broke down and we were dragging it. Soon, a five-member armed team of the Air Force intercepted us and asked for identity cards and driving licence. As my friend was not carrying it, they asked us to call someone to police chowki with the licence. Then I called my fiance and asked him to bring the driving licence to police chowki. After that, the IAF men made us sit in the vehicle and instead of police chowki, they took us to the stone quarry near Kalwadvasti. One of them took sexual favours from me after pointing a gun at my head. He also threatened to kill my friend. Meanwhile, my fiance reached the police chowki and police were trying to contact the IAF men.

Finally, they dropped us to the police chowki around 2.30 am and threatened not to disclose the incident. I was made to sit at the chowki till 3 am but my complaint was not taken as I am from the backward class. The cops asked me to let go the matter,” the girl stated. 

She alleged that in the past, the IAF officials have indulged in similar acts with other girls also. “If my complaint is not taken, I will commit suicide,” she stated in her complaint. 

A police officer told Sakal Times, “Initially, she was not ready to file the FIR and then on the third day, she came with some political party members to lodge the complaint. We have filed the FIR and investigation is on. We have sought custody of the accused from IAF.”

Meanwhile, IAF has initiated an internal enquiry into the matter. “After enquiry, we will hand him over to police,” an officer said.

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