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Another Haryana Police official booked for rape

In yet another embarrassment for the Haryana police, a station house officer (SHO) of this district was Monday booked along with 14 others on charges of raping and sexually harassing a widow. The Haryana Police has registered a case against SHO Virender Singh and others following a complaint made by a class IV employee that she was sexually harassed by them.

The woman, a widow and mother of four children, had recently complained to the Bhiwani deputy commissioner saying that she had been sexually harassed by the police official and others with the promise of getting her job regularised.

The woman complained that first she was sexually harassed by other people but when she went to the police station to complain, the SHO also started sexually harassing her.

The SHO was placed under suspension last week and the case against him was registered following a preliminary inquiry by a deputy superintendent of police, officials here said.

The Haryana Police has been shamed in recent months after two police personnel raped a woman, Sarita, inside a police station in Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s home town Rohtak in April when she went to get her husband, who was booked in a theft case, released.

Her complaint of rape was not registered and she finally committed suicide inside the office of the state’s additional director general of police at the police headquarters in Panchkula near here June 9.

An embarrassed Haryana government ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the rape and suicide case. Sarita was the mother of two small daughters, both of whom have been abandoned by their father in an orphanage in Bahadurgarh town near Rohtak, citing financial constraints in bringing them up.

Earlier this month, a newly married woman was raped by another Haryana police SHO inside a police station complex when she went to seek protection on court orders after she had an inter-caste marriage.

The SHO was immediately dismissed by the Haryana Police.

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