The incident took place on September 8 but it came to light on Tuesday after the victims had approached the media as the authorities did not register a case despite a complaint lodged by the victims.Mom-to-be, 2 sisters stripped & tortured at outpost in Assam

Guwahati:

A pregnant woman and her two sisters were allegedly stripped and tortured at a police outpost in Assam’s Darrang district after being taken there for questioning in a “kidnapping” case filed against their brother for eloping with a girl. The mother-to-be told reporters here on Tuesday that she had to terminate her pregnancy because of injuries suffered at the hands of two cops, one of them a woman, at the Burha police outpost on September 8.

Sub-inspector Mahendra Sarma and constable Binita Boro were suspended soon after the woman and her sisters narrated their ordeal to the media. Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia said, “The two accused have been placed under suspension. I have asked the (Darrang) superintendent of police to immediately conduct an inquiry.”

According to the women, they were forced to break their silence when the Darrang police authorities allegedly did not act on their complaint for almost 10 days. “A kidnapping case was registered against our brother after the family of the girl he had eloped with filed a complaint. We assured police of our cooperation in ascertaining his whereabouts, but they still picked us up for questioning,” one of the sisters said. “When we told police that we had no clue where he is, the sub-inspector and the lady constable stripped and tortured us.”

The sisters were allegedly detained at the police outpost till their brother and the girl he had eloped with turned up there on the morning of September 9. “Before being allowed to go, we were threatened with dire consequences if we leaked a word about what was done to us. The sub-inspector even pointed his gun at us,” one of the women said.

The incident has ruffled many a feather with the Assam State Commission for Women lodging a case suo moto and the state’s Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia ordering a probe by Darrang Superintendent of Police, Amrit Bhuyan.

The incident took place on September 8 but it came to light on Tuesday after the victims had approached the media as the authorities did not register a case despite a complaint lodged by the victims.

The three sisters – Minuwara Begum, Sanuwara and Rumela – were picked up from Guwahati by the personnel of Burha police outpost in connection with a kidnapping case.

In a complaint filed with the Darrang SP on September 10, Minuwara alleged that she and her two sisters were picked up from their homes by a police team, led by the officer-in-charge of Burha police outpost, Mahendra Sarma, and tortured at the outpost whole night. A lady constable was allegedly among the assailants.

“We were brutally beaten up with sticks. My pregnant sister had pleaded to spare her as she was carrying a baby in her womb but Mahendra Sarma said we were acting. She lost the baby due to the assault,” the sister said.

The Darrang SP told this newspaper: “A Hindu girl was kidnapped by a Muslim youth. They (three sisters) were picked up in connection with the case. The elder sister had kidnapped the girl and kept her at their house”.

He said he would take necessary actions following the receipt of the medical report.

Assam State Commission for Women chairperson, Chikimiki Talukdar, described the alleged attack as a “heinous crime”.

“This is a heinous crime which cannot be tolerated in a civilized society. We will send a notice to the Darrang SP,” she said.

Darrang SP Amrit Bhuyan said an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent had been asked to conduct the inquiry. “We are awaiting the medical reports of the complainants,” he said. The sisters are residents of Guwahati.

New Indian Express