Tamil Nadu government seeks report after cops pressure woman to marry man who raped her | Chennai News – Times of India

KRISHNAGIRI: State commissioner for welfare of the differently-abled Johny Tom Varghese on Wednesday sought a status report on the case of raping and impregnating a disabled woman with learning difficulties from the district superintendent of police (SP), revenue divisional officer and district social welfare department officer.
S Namburajan, state general secretary, Tamil Nadu Association for the Rights of All Types of Differently Abled and Caregivers (Taratdac,) said 35-year-old Sripal had raped the 28-year-old blind woman from a village near Uthangarai in the district and she was five months pregnant.
“While we had lodged a complaint with the Singarapettai police on June 3, they didn’t issue the community service register receipt. When we took up the issue with SP Bandi Gangadhar, the officer assured stern action against the accused, if found guilty. However, police officials conducted a ‘kangaroo’ court in the station and forced the woman to agree to marry the accused,” he said.
Taratdac members met the SP once again after the ‘kangaroo’ court incident and the Singarapettai police registered a case without adding any grave offence sections. “They registered a first information report, but didn’t take any action against the accused,” Namburajan said.
On Wednesday, Johny Tom Varghese intervened in the issue, seeking status report from the SP, revenue divisional officer and the district social welfare department officer at the earliest.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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