A 21-year-old woman, who was allegedly gangraped over a period of six months by two police constables and a doctor, committed suicide at her home in Bhilai on Thursday. Her suicide note suggested she did not think she would get justice, police said.
A case had been filed in January 2015 against doctor Gautam Pandit and constables Saurabh Bhakta and Chadraprakash Pandey for allegedly gangraping the woman on multiple occasions. The police had, at the time, filed an FIR under sections of rape and arrested the two constables, while the doctor had surrendered. The three are currently in jail.
Police officers said that in a suicide note left behind, the woman blamed the three accused for her death, and said she had little faith that she would receive justice.
The incident first came to light in January 2015, six months after the woman was allegedly gangraped when she was admitted to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Supela. “The woman, a college student at the time, had gone for treatment for her face in June 2014. She was allegedly administered a drug and raped by the three accused over a period of days. They allegedly filmed the act and blackmailed her even after she left the hospital, gangraping her on several other occasions,” a senior police officer said.
On Thursday morning, the victim was found hanging in a room at her home when policemen arrived to deliver summons in the case. The next hearing was on February 2.
She was taken to a hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.
Police officers said that the suicide note raises questions on whether there was pressure on the woman to “withdraw the case”.
Officers said the woman’s relatives have in the past alleged that they were pressured to withdraw the case.
In the note, she expresses fear that the judicial system would not come to her aid, police officers said.
Inspector General of Police, Durg, Pradeep Gupta said, “The police found her in a distraught state in January 2015. A case was registered, charges framed and the accused arrested. The law was taking its course and the next hearing was on February 2.”