The Bangalore police on Friday arrested inspector Mohammed Rafique for negligence of duty after he allegedly delayed the registration of a sexual assault case filed by a 22-year-old post-graduation student in east Bangalore last week. His arrest came amid pressure from the opposition BJP in the state assembly.
The inspector was first suspended Wednesday for watering down charges in the initial FIR filed at Pulkeshinagar police station. On Thursday, the police filed a case against him under the recently created Section 166 A of the IPC — created to punish public servants who fail to record complaints of sexual assault and rape.
The 22-year-old was allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted last Thursday by a group led by Nasir Hyder (24), the son of local BSP leader Sheikh Bahadur. The victim was with a male friend in a car outside her apartment complex when the youths approached them pretending to be policemen. They then forced the couple to drive around with them in the car, following which Hyder allegedly sexually assaulted her.
While a case of sexual assault was registered by the Pulkeshinagar police it was following the intervention of senior police officials that it was converted into a rape case under provisions of the new anti-rape law.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister K J George told the state legislature that a special squad would be formed to investigate charges of threat calls being made to the victim and her friends by associates of the prime accused. He said he would personally call on the victim’s family to assure them that the government would provide protection.