A police sub-inspector has been accused of harassing a woman complainant through phone calls in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district. The victim approached higher officials, following which the SI has been sent to Vacancy Reserved (VR).
The incident took place in Atmakur Mandal in Kurnool District, where a woman, who was having a land dispute with her sister's family, had approached Atmakuru SI Venkata Subbaiah to register a complaint. While filing the complaint, she had furnished her mobile number for formal communication with regard to the case.
However, the SI later reportedly asked both families to sort out the matter since it is a civil case. Reports in local media suggest that SI also arranged a counselling between both the parties.
Later, the woman approached police again, alleging that she was attacked by her sister's family. This time, while dealing with the case, the SI apparently established communication with the victim.
The woman alleged that the SI has been 'harassing her sexually', by calling her at odd hours and making inappropriate comments.
Furiated, the woman complained to district SP Gopinath Jetti and other officials. She also submitted the ‘audio tapes’ as proof.
In a quick measure, district SP has sent the SI to VR and ordered ASP Madhava Reddy to probe the matter and submit a report.
Speaking to TNM, SP Gopinath Jetti said, “The woman is alleging that the SI was harassing her by sending messages. We have sent him to VR and ordered for a probe. We will take further action following the report.”
Earlier in 2017 October, Nuzvid Sub-Inspector Venkata Kumar had also faced an internal inquiry following allegations of sexual harassment by a woman.