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Lady police officer moves Odisha HC over sexual exploitation by senior colleague


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Cuttack, May 29:

A woman police inspector Wednesday moved the Odisha High Court seeking a CBI probe into her complaint over sexual exploitation by a male police inspector and immediate legal action against the accused officer.

The lady police officer has named the principal secretary Home, DG Police, DG (Crime Branch), DG CBI, IIC Crime Branch and Jagatsinghpur DCRB inspector Ajit Kumar Swain as respondents in her petition.

Odisha High Court
Odisha High Court

In her petition the lady officer has alleged that she has been sexually exploited repeatedly over the last 13 years by police inspector Ajit Kumar Swain, who has also subjected her to both mental and physical torture. She has also alleged that the departmental higher authorities have taken no action in the matter despite drawing their attention to her plight.

The victim has complained that despite an FIR filed by her under sections 354, 354A, 354B, 354D, 376, 376-1, 376-2-A-1-2, 376B, 376K, 376N, 376-C-A-B of the IPC against the accused officer Swain, the authorities were protecting the officer while forcing her to move the High Court to seek redressal.

She said she had reported the matter to the DGP on May 6, following which he directed the Crime Branch (CB) to investigate the matter. However, the CB has not arrested the accused officer who is now posted in Jagatsinghpur.

The aggrieved lady officer said, she joined the police service in the year 2000 and was posted as a sub-inspector in Keonjhar district on June 16, 2001. On August 10, 2001, inspector Swain laid a trap and raped her after inviting her to his official quarters. Swain had allegedly videotaped the entire act through a hidden camera planted inside the room.

Later, after mediation and compromise efforts by a senior police officer, Swain had promised to marry her, she said.

The accused officer never kept his promise and married someone else. Instead, he blackmailed her by showing her a CD of the rape act and continued to exploit her sexually, she alleged.

The victim in her petition has said that she got married in 2004 but the accused officer Swain continued to subject her to his physical lust, leading to discord in her marital life and ultimately to the untimely death of her husband under mental agony.

Even now she is being subjected to harassment by Swain, she alleged.

The matter has caused shock and outrage among the people and civil society activists have demanded the immediate arrest of the accused officer pending inquiry and also action on the errant police officials who failed to give the victim the protection and justice which she needed very badly.

However, the entire matter appears a little complicated because of the belated move by the lady officer to muster courage to take the accused officer to task although her sufferings began way back in 2001.