Woman PSI arrested for taking bribe in rape case

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 25 October 2017

ACB, Pune unit officials said PSI Swati Dattatray More (34) and her writer constable Harshal Rajendra Shivarkar (32), both posted with Kondhwa police station, accepted Rs 15,000 from the accused’s son. According to the ACB, the accused is currently lodged in jail and the police officer was demanding a bribe for filing a favourable report in court, to help the accused get bail. A trap was laid at the police station and the constable was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe money. 

The victim who is deaf and mute was raped on Sept 6.

Pune: A woman Police Sub-Inspector, who was tasked with investigating several cases of rape and children’s sexual abuse, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly accepting a bribe for filing a favourable report about a person accused of raping a 45-year-old deaf and mute woman. 

ACB, Pune unit officials said PSI Swati Dattatray More (34) and her writer constable Harshal Rajendra Shivarkar (32), both posted with Kondhwa police station, accepted Rs 15,000 from the accused’s son. According to the ACB, the accused is currently lodged in jail and the police officer was demanding a bribe for filing a favourable report in court, to help the accused get bail. A trap was laid at the police station and the constable was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe money. 

The rape case was filed in September this year. Taking advantage of the victim’s condition, the accused, a rickshaw driver, raped her. The accused and she used to live next to each other till about two years ago, when he moved elsewhere. The victim has a 15-year-old son and her husband works at a fibre company. As per the victim’s FIR, on the day of the incident (September 6), her husband had left for work, while her son was sleeping when the accused entered the house and attempted to rape her. 

Though she could not shout for help, the physical struggle that she put up woke her son up. He asked the accused to stop, but he was warned to keep quiet. The accused raped her and left. About two hours later, the young boy informed a neighbour, who then contacted the survivor’s relatives who caught the accused and handed him over to the police. There was also delay in registering her FIR as there was no sign language expert.
 

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