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Rape victim in jail for semi-nude protest

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Tue, May 20, 2008 07:28 hrs

Moga, Punjab: A semi-nude protest here by a woman against Punjab police inaction in registering a case against some men who allegedly raped her has landed her in a lock-up.

The victim took off her clothes on a busy crossing on the Ferozepore-Ludhiana highway here on Monday and shouted that her pleas to the police for getting a rape case registered had fallen on deaf ears.

The protest shocked people moving along the highway.

The protest took place just a few hundred metres from a police station. After passers-by informed the police, a few officials rushed to the spot and caught the woman. No woman police personnel came to arrest her.

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She was later booked for obscenity at a public place and sent to a police lock-up.

Embarrassed by the incident, police announced that they had already registered a case against two men for having allegedly raped the woman.

District police chief Ashok Baath said the case had been registered well before the woman staged the protest.

Police officials said there had been delay in registering the case since the woman's complaint was being investigated.

Last week, another woman in neighbouring Haryana's Yamunanagar town had stripped down to her undergarments inside a police station complex after the Haryana police did not register a case on her complaint that she was raped. She was also booked by the police for obscenity.

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