Police asked gang-raped Kerala housewife who gave her most pleasure; CM Pinarayi Vijayan to meet victim
In a case that reveals the misogynistic manner in which police personnel are often accused of handling rape victims, a housewife from Thrissur said she was asked how much she enjoyed being raped.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a case that reveals the misogynistic manner in which police personnel are often accused of handling rape victims, a housewife from Thrissur said she was asked how much she enjoyed being raped.
At a press meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, she revealed that local CPM leader and Wadakancherry councilor and PN Jayanthan, his brother Jinesh, and two others named Binish and Shibu raped her in 2014 and threatened her family against filing a complaint.
Unable to come to terms with being forced to do nothing to get justice for herself, she approached renowned Malayalam film dubbing artist Bhagyalakshmi, who is also a social activist and TV host.
“The policeman asked the victim which one of the four men gave her maximum pleasure. He knew the hapless victim did not have any evidence on the rape,” said Bhagyalakshmi, who exposed the crime to the world through her Facebook post.
At the press conference, the victim revealed she was forced to withdraw her complaint due to the harassment she faced from having to answer the police’s probing and lascivious questions, and the threats from the perpetrators.
“When I filed a complaint against the gang-rape, the circle inspector of Peramangalam police station asked me disturbing details about the incident, in front of the accused,” said the victim.
“Peramangalam circle inspector wanted me to withdraw the petition. When I persisted, I was exhibited before the public in the name of collecting evidence,” the housewife said. When the police harassment continued, coupled with death threats from the accused, the victim withdrew the complaint.
“The CI wrote the application letter withdrawing the case. I do not know what he wrote in that. I stood by my statement before the woman judge. But withdrew the case as I could not bear the harassment.” she said.
The victim’s family and the accused councillor PN Jayanthan are neighbours. When her husband had a drinking problem and was admitted to a de-addiction centre, Jayanthan and the other three accused approached her saying her husband was in a serious condition, and that they would rush her to the hospital. They drove her in a car to an isolated house, took turns to rape her and then dropped her back to her house.
The perpetrators videographed the entire crime and blackmailed the victim’s family against going to the police, despite which the victim and her husband mustered the courage to approach the women’s cell. But the police, far from helping her, actively discouraged her by demeaning her, she said.
The victim contacted Bhagyalakshmi, after watching her programme on TV. The couple came all the way from Thrissur to Thriuvananthapuram and narrated her ordeal. Bhagyalakshmi’s Facebook post was widely read and the public began asking questions, which forced the office of the chief minister to schedule a meeting with the victim.
On Thursday afternoon, the victim met state police chief Loknath Behera who assured her of all support from the police. A meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was scheduled for the evening.
The Kerala Women’s Commission has taken suo motu cognisance and registered a case based on the Facebook post by Bhagyalaskshmi.
KWC Chairperson KC Rosakutty said the commission had taken the issue seriously and would provide all help to the victim. A woman sub-inspector has been assigned to provide assistance to the victim. The director of KWC will collect details regarding the allegations against the police and their lapses in probing the case.