Monday, August 12, 2013

Cops too feature in rogues’ gallery


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The city’s list of rape accused also features policemen, and some of those men in khaki have even been convicted.  Chandrakant Pawar, a constable attached to the Sahar police station, was arrested in 2005 for raping a 14-year-old rag-picker. A lower court sentenced him to 15 years in jail.  But in August 2011, the Bombay high court acquitted him, though he was held guilty of attempting to rape the victim and fined Rs10,000. Sentencing Pawar to 10 years in prison, Justice J H Bhatia calculated the benefit of remissions (prison day credits) and ordered that he be released as he had spent five years behind bars. 
    This came months after the Marine Drive police chowky rape case of April 2005, in which constable Sunil
More had forced himself on a minor girl.  More admitted that he raped the teenager after threatening her that he would inform her parents about seeing her in a ‘compromising position’ with her friend. 

    Following the two rape cases, questions were raised about the conduct of men in uniform. More was convicted and sentenced to 12
years in prison. The high court had dismissed his appeal against conviction, while rejecting the state’s plea to enhance the dismissed constable’s punishment and send him to prison for life.
    In another case, dismissed encounter specialist and senior inspector of L T Marg police station Arun Borude allegedly committed suicide by jumping onto the tracks near Shrirampur railway station on December 29, 2010.  He was an accused in the rape of a 15-year-old Powai girl. There were two more accused in the case. The girl later delivered a child. Borude was on the run after his name cropped up in the investigation. 

    In the last case, constable Dhananjay Madne (23), attached to the local arms wing, and a 21-yearold friend were arrested in October 2010 for allegedly raping a 20-year-old girl working in a hookah parlour.
The Times of India, August 12, 2013

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