A woman constable posted at Moghat Police Station in Khandwa district was allegedly molested late on Saturday by station in charge Ravindra Yadav, who had been transferred a day before.
The 30-year-old constable alleged that Yadav called her inside a room in the police station premises when she was leaving for home and molested her after bolting the door, even as she tried to resist his advances.
Investigating officer Sunita Rawat of the Mahila Police Station told The Indian Express that the complainant alleged that Yadav had been torturing her for some time and sexually assaulted her on Saturday before her brother rescued her.
Yadav, 40, had been transferred to Narmadanagar Police Station on Friday but had stayed back on the pretense that he had to clear some pending work. A senior officer said it was not mandatory for Yadav to vacate the premises immediately on transfer.
Rawat said she has statements of the victim, her brother Jabir Ali and one another female relative. The victim’s statement under Section 164 of the CrPC will be recorded before a magistrate on Monday and only then can action be taken against Yadav.
The victim, with two daughters, got the job on compassionate grounds after the death of her husband. Locals gathered at the station and demanded immediate action against Yadav, who has been taken off duty. The police delayed action against Yadav but registered an FIR as family members and others persisted.
Meanwhile, workers of the Aam Aadmi Party continued to protest on Sunday and stopped only after getting an assurance that the victim’s statement would be recorded before the magistrate. They said they will protest on Monday again till the victim’s statement is actually recorded.