• Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | July 17, 2014 | 7.39 pm IST The Bangalore police inspector accused of toning down the sexual assault complaint of a woman, has taken to Facebook to express his “sadness” about being suspended for it. M Mohammed Rafi with the Fraser Town police station was accused of toning down the complaint of the post-graduate students who was kidnapped outside her house and sexually assaulted by a group of men. When she went to the police station to file a complaint, Rafi allegedly told her to water down the complaint and asked her not to insist on including rape as one of the charges. The case had initially been registered under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 384 (extortion), 34 (acts done with a common intention), 323 (hurt), 354 (use of force to outrage a woman’s modesty) of the Indian Penal Code. Of all the sections, Section 384 carries the maximum sentence of three years. After public outrage, charges of rape were included. The Bangalore police have now filed a case against him under Sections 166A of the Indian Penal Code which relates to public servant disobeying the law with intent to cause injury to any person. He has been accused of revealing the identity of the woman to the media.  After being suspended, Rafi posted that he was “sad” on his Facebook wall. This got him a lot of sympathy from fellow police personnel who told him not to lose his morale, and to have faith in god, and to be “cool”. Following this spontaneous outpouring of solidarity, senior police officers have told everyone to behave themselves.