India witnessed another example of inhumanity and sexual violence against women. Today, a woman from Kerala’s Thrissur district went public with her horrific story. She was gang-raped by her husband’s friends and then forced to withdraw her complaint. The most painful part was when a police officer asked her “which one of them gave you the greatest pleasure?”
She first shared it with Malayalam dubbing artist Bhagya Lakshmi. The artist posted the woman’s story in her FB which went viral.
Today the 32-year-old woman told the two-year-old incident at the press meet, a day after the artist posted it on FB.
She said to the media-persons, with her husband and the artist sitting by her side, “Far more than rape, it was the police threats and humiliation that was unbearable.” Both her and her husband’s faces were covered.
The victim at a press conference named the name of the rapists and said one of the men was CPM municipal councilor Jayanthan.
Two years ago when her husband was away, four of his friends came to her house and lied to her that her husband had met with an accident and hospitalized. Then they took her somewhere outside the city. She claimed the accused took turns to rape her.
But her nightmare didn’t end there. The worst part was when the police officers harassed her by asking humiliating questions. Instead of giving her security, they asked her question like which of the rapists gave her the most pleasure.
The woman stated the cops called her repeatedly in the police station. “I was called to the police station for four days continuously and made to sit there from morning to evening. I was asked humiliating questions.”
After she lodged a complaint, the police and the accused forced her to withdraw it and gave threat to kill her children. “They threatened to kill my children if I spoke out the truth. When the magistrate asked me if there was any pressure on me, I cried.” The woman at the press meet stated that the investigative officer pressurized her to compromise with the accused. “I was taught the forged version of statement at the police station.”
According to reports, Jayanthan denied the allegation. He told Hindustan Times, “She asked us to part with Rs 15 lakh. When we refused, she cooked up a story.” The ruling CPM promised to investigate the matter and will take necessary action.
Today, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Kerala police chief are expected to meet the woman.