A WOMAN POLICE sub-inspector of Kutch East has filed a complaint with state police chief, alleging that Kutch East police superintendent Gautam Barot sexually assaulted her and even forced her to abort. The police have set up an inquiry committee to look into the matter.
In her four-page complaint submitted to the office of Director General of Police (DGP), P P Pandey Friday, the woman PSI stated that she had been posted in Kutch East police for the last 18 months. Even though Kutch East SP Gautam Barot had been harassing her for a long time, she did not complain since she was new in the force and was afraid of losing the job. The officer would send “improper” messages on WhatsApp and even demanded sexual favours, but she denied.
In the complaint, she further wrote that the SP called her to a hotel in Gandhidham once on the pretext of work and sexually assaulted her. However, the complainant has not mentioned the date on which she was allegedly raped by the officer.
Depressed that she would not be able to fight against an SP, the PSI further stated in her complaint that she attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills. But the SP sent V J PSI Jadeja at her residence who took her to a hospital in Gandhidham. She was even referred to Ahmedabad for further treatment. After the suicide bid, the PSI alleges, the SP launched a campaign for her character assassination”.
In the complaint,the PSI writes that a few months after she was sexually assaulted, she discovered that she was pregnant. When she conveyed this to the SP, he gave her contraceptive pills. After this, the SP called the woman officer in person and asked her not to reveal the incident to anyone or she would “lose not only her job, but life also.” She claimed that her phone was snatched and the WhatsApp messages between her and the SP were deleted. But she had saved some messages in a pen drive, she claimed.
The woman PSI stated in the complaint that the SP had started “harassing and insulting” her again after the incident. She urged the DGP to take appropriate action and give her justice else she “will be forced to commit suicide”. The PSI has also marked a copy of her complaint to the office of Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. DGP Pandey confirmed receipt of the complaint. “A joint team of officers, one male one female, have been asked to enquire and report (sic),” Pandey told The Sunday Express via a text message on Saturday.
However, SP Barot claimed the complaint was baseless. “It is a conspiracy by a subordinate DySP and an advocate. The DySP’s son has been booked in a case of land-grabbing and the advocate is also facing six cases. Local Crime Branch is investigating some of these cases. Meanwhile, the woman PSI, who is working under the jurisdiction of the said DySP, botched up investigation in a case. Now, the DySP and the advocate are using the woman PSI as a tool against me. To harass me mentally and in order to hamper investigation in cases involving the DySP’s son and the lawyer, they’ve made the woman PSI to file this complaint against me,” Barot said.
Barot also said that the woman PSI had given the statement to Mahila Suraksha Samiti (MSS) to the effect that the DySP and the lawyer made her file the complaint. ‘I was called to DySP office in Anjar on Friday at around 11:30 AM. There, the woman PSI told me that the DySP and the advocate forced her to file the complaint with a view to implicate the SP,” said Jyotsana Das, a member of Kutch East district committee of Mahila Suraksha Samiti, an organisation helping women in distress. PSI Jadeja conceded he knows the woman PSI, but said the complaint was wrong. “She has just given an application. An inquiry will be conducted (to know the truth),” he said.
When contacted for the first time by The Sunday Express, the woman PSI asked to call a while later. But repeated calls went unanswered afterward.