In gross violation of human rights,women of a particular community who had gone to a police station to complain against a group of young men who assaulted them to get a rape complaint withdrawn,were themselves held captive for over three hours in a truck outside Sardhana police station here.
The police claimed the women from the family of the youth reached there and there was a quarrel. It was to silence the women that they were bundled into a truck,police explained,trying to play down the incident.
There were 18 veiled women who were bundled into a mini-truck,its exit was blocked with ropes and a woman constable was asked to ensure no one came out. They were reportedly forced to remain there for over three hours without food or water.
They were freed after Sardhana Circle Officer Shewtab Pandey reached
the police station and directed the policemen to let the women go.
The women had gone to lodge a complaint against four youths against whom a complaint had been registered for raping a woman two days back. They said the four entered the house,assaulted the men and women,and asked them to withdraw the complaint lodged at Kharkhauda police station. They said police arrested youths of their family instead.
A quarrel broke out at the police station between women from the two sides. The family of youths against whom the rape complaint was lodged also filed a cross FIR of rape.
I asked them to maintain cool but they did not,forcing me to put them in the truck… to silence them, said Janak Singh Pundeer,in charge of Sardhana police station,when asked how the women were treated like animals and forced to remain in a truck for over three hours.
The police played down the incident,which was reported by a section of local newspapers,claiming nothing happened,while pictures of veiled women inside the truck,exit blocked by ropes,have been published.
There was nothing like putting them in captivity. Women from both sections started fighting within the police station premises and did not pay heed to warnings. The police threatened to book them under section 151 of CrPC. I reached there and ensured they should not be booked and sent them back, Pandey told The Indian Express.