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Deoria rape: ASP, SHO transferred over 'insensitivity'

Updated: March 23, 2013, 7:52 PM IST
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Deoria rape: ASP, SHO transferred over 'insensitivity'
The ASP was caught on camera telling the rape survivor, "Who will rape a mother of four?"

Lucknow: The Deoria ASP, who was caught on camera humiliating a 35-year-old Dalit rape victim, was on Saturday transferred by the Uttar Pradesh government. The SHO of Bankata police station, who had allegedly refused to file rape complaint of the woman, was also sent to police lines, a home department spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, Additional Superintendent of Police Keshav Chandra Goswami has been transferred to CB-CID, Kanpur while Devendra Nath Dwivedi who was posted in Kanpur goes to Deoria in his place. The government on Saturday transferred eight PPS officers including Goswami, the spokesman added.

Goswami's remark had on Friday left the state police red-faced. The officer was caught on camera humiliating the woman, who had approached him for lodging a rape case. The ASP allegedly told the woman, "Who would rape an elderly woman who is a mother of four?" Later, the UP Police came into a fire fighting mode and top officials apologised for Goswami's behaviour.

Director General of UP Police AC Sharma offered an apology and assured that strict action will be taken against the ASP. The DGP has sought explanation from the officer. According to sources, the woman belonging to Karan Chapra was allegedly raped by one Santosh Kumar of neighbouring village on Wednesday night.

When the woman and her husband went to the Bankata police station on Thursday for lodging an FIR, the police station in-charge registered a case of molestation. Dissatisfied with the Bankata police, the couple came to the ASP seeking his intervention.

First Published: March 23, 2013, 7:52 PM IST
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