The case of alleged custodial rape of a Mumbai-based transgender in Ajmer on June 4 has been transferred to CID Crime Branch following strong protests from social activists and pressure groups.
The 25-year-old transgender had come down from Mumbai to offer prayers at the Ajmer Dargah with seven others when she was taken into police custody after a minor scuffle and allegedly gangraped by three policemen.
Speaking to The Indian Express, the alleged victim said three policemen — constables Bhawani Singh and Om Prakash and Assistant Sub-Inspector Lakshmi Narayan — took turns to rape her.
“On June 4 when my friends and I were near the dargah, some police constables misbehaved with us. We protested and it ended up in a minor scuffle. The constables detained us and beat up my friends. Later one of them took me inside a room and three policemen took turns to rape me. They made a video of the act,” the alleged victim said.
“Till date there have been no arrests… I appeal to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to take strictest possible action against the accused. Even as transgenders, we have felt much safer in Maharashtra and have never had to face such brutal behaviour by the Mumbai Police,” she said.
The alleged victim was produced in court on June 5 in connection with the altercation with policemen but claims she was too scared to complain about the alleged sexual assault. “We were threatened by the constables that we would be falsely implicated in a drug peddling case. SHO Vijay Singh Choudhary promised to help if we paid him Rs. 40,000. When we were produced before the magistrate the next day we were not even given a chance to speak.”
An FIR was registered on June 10 and the alleged victim’s statement was recorded on June 12. No arrests or suspensions have been made over the last two weeks except for SHO Vijay Singh Choudhary who was found guilty of extortion and has been suspended. The have been transferred to other police stations in Ajmer.
Investigation officer, Gaurav Yadav said, “The case was transferred to CID Crime Branch on Wednesday. SHO Vijay Singh Choudhary has been suspended. However there is no evidence of rape. The medical report clearly states ‘nil injury’ in genitalia though there are bruises and abrasions in other parts of the body. The FSL report… As for the alleged video footage of the act, we could not trace any such clipping and have sent the mobile phone for FSL testing.”