A police officer in Uttar Pradesh has threatened a Brahmin girl with SC/ST Atrocities Act, as she refused to submit to his sexual advances. The girl has filed a complaint with the Sultanpur SP accusing the police officer of forcing her to be in a relationship with him.
Falana Dhikana has reported an incident of a 25 year old Brahmin girl being harassed by a married Sub Inspector in UP. SI Vikas Kumar, who belongs to a SC community, posted at the Nirala Nagar police station and a married man, has been harassing the girl to be his girlfriend and meet his sexual needs as his wife is 6 months pregnant. The audio of the police officer asking the victim to share his bed is going viral on social media.
He has been allegedly stalking the girl for 3 months and somehow got her phone number as well. He called her from his personal number and harassed her to be in a relationship with him. The girl has accused that he threatened her of filing a case under SC/ST atrocities act on her if she doesn’t comply with his demands.
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A Brahmin organisation has brought the issue to light. The victim has alleged that despite her continuous refusal, Vikas Kumar continued to stalk and forced her to talk to him. After obtaining her phone number he started calling her incessantly and forced her to attend video calls. She has shared the evidence for the same.
A case has been filed in this regard and the girl’s statements recorded in the local police station. She had approached the SP of Sultanpur to take necessary action against Vikas Kumar. When a local journalist called Vikas Kumar to inquire about the case, he had threatened him as well with the SC/ST Atrocities Act.
Misuse of the stringent SC/ST Act, which provides for automatic arrest, is increasing by the day. The Act was made even more stringent in 2015, and provides compensation ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 8.25 lakh to SC/ST victims which must be paid by the state within 7 days of the incident being reported. Moreover, it has been seen that while police is quick to slap charges under the Act when accused are from so-called ‘upper’ class communities, they often refuse to apply the Act when the accused is from a minority community.
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