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‘Cops Gave Me Match Tickets for Not Filing FIR on Rape Attempt’
Posted On - 10:Mar:2017 07:09:18 PM
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Smitha* remembers the night of 4 March vividly. Not only was she attacked by an unknown man in the room of a paying guest accommodation (PG) she was staying at, she was made to narrate the incident as many as five times and to three different police officers.

The police also allegedly gave her tickets for the Test match between India and Australia and dissuade her from filing an FIR.

A working professional in her 20s, Smitha was staying at a PG accommodation near Kundalahalli in Bengaluru. The woman had moved to Bengaluru only recently. On 4 March, Smitha had fallen asleep and she woke up around 1:30 am to find a man standing before her, holding a knife. That man has now been identified as Shivarama Reddy, a habitual offender and a man accused of rape before.

Reddy demanded money and asked her to have sex with him. He even told her that he had come with five others, who were in the adjacent room in the PG, raping Smitha’s roommate.

Smitha somehow found that she had locked herself in the bathroom, which had been latched from outside, by Shivarama. After some time, her roommate came into her room and unlocked her from the bathroom. Shivarama had also allegedly threatened Smitha’s roommate in a similar way but she too managed to escape. Smitha and her roommate went to HAL police station in the afternoon of 5 March.

The sub-inspector of the police station told her to write down the entire incident, which she did. After this, he told her that Inspector Sadiq Pasha was busy, and she should speak to his PA. She was made to narrate the entire incident to the PA.

A case was filed based on the PG owner’s complaint only for extortion against an unknown person. A second FIR was filed on 6 March and sections of assault were added. But the FIR was still against an unknown person.

Following this, Smitha handed over a complaint about the incident, and the treatment she was subjected to by the HAL police to the Commissioner of Police on Tuesday.

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