TN: ‘Tribal women rape by cops didn`t take place’

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 00:10

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday told
the Madras High Court that the report of the investigating
officer into the alleged rape of four tribal women in November
last by some state policemen indicated that the incident "had
not taken place".

In an affidavit on behalf of the state government, the
Principal Home Secretary Dr R Ramakrishnan submitted, "from
the report of the investigating officer it appears that the
offence of rape is not made out".

However, the enquiry by the judicial magistrate is going
on and the findings are awaited, he said.

Stating that the alleged victims were medically examined
at the Government Medical College Hospital, Mundiyambakkam, on
November 29, the counter said the doctor, who examined the
women, in a report had said there was no medico-legal evidence
to suggest that the victims had sexual intercourse recently.

The government, the counter said, had paid Rs five lakh as
compensation to each of the four women on "compassionate
grounds".

In all five police personnel, including the Inspector,
Thirukoilur police station, had been placed under suspension.

The Home Secretary said the government would conclude its
views once the findings of the judicial enquiry were
available.

However, the government admitted that the women and
children had been taken into custody by the police personnel
in an "unwarranted manner". The government will not shield the
guilty, the affidavit said.

The four women belonging to the Irular community and some
children were taken by the police at about 8 pm on the night
of November 22 in a police van from their residence in
T Mandappam, located in the jurisdiction of Thirukkovilur
police station to a nearby eucalyptus grove.

The were then taken to a place called Sandhapettai and
brought back to the grove where the woman were allegedly raped
by three policemen around midnight and later brought back
home.

In a separate affidavit, the Director General of Police, K
Ramanujam also claimed that the offence of rape "is not made
out".

He pointed out that the Assistant Professor, Department of
Forensic Medicine of Government Villupuram Medical College,
had opined that "there is no medical evidence to suggest that
the victims had recent sexual intercourse".

The Director and Professor of Institute of Forensic
Medicine of Madras Medical College had said that after a
perusal and careful analysis of the documents, he was of the
opinion that there are "no evidence suggestive of forceful
physical restraint on the body of all the four alleged
victims".

However, the police team had faulted by taking the women
and children into custody when they were actually not wanted
in any criminal case, he said.

The affidavit stated that if the court considered it
necessary to further probe the matter, the case could be
transferred to the crime branch-CID.

The matter has been adjourned by three weeks for replying
to the counter affidavits.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 00:10

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