Lucknow-In a disheartening and deeply troubling sequence of events, the sanctity of the Uttar Pradesh Police uniform has once more been sullied by the grave misconduct of its own officers. The most recent case unfolds with allegations against a constable, serving at Chhatta police station in Agra district. He stands accused of perpetrating a heinous crime - the rape and subsequent hanging of a 25-year-old Dalit nurse. The shocking nature of the accusations further intensifies the gravity of the situation, casting a dark shadow over the reputation of the law enforcement agency in the region.
The victim, hailing from Hamirpur district, was employed at a kidney center in Gurugram. A close acquaintance from nursing training days in Jhansi, Constable Raghavendra Singh was alleged to have been exploiting the victim for an extended period, misleading her with promises of marriage. The family, shocked and devastated, revealed that despite their attempts to discuss marriage with Singh's family, their proposal had been rejected. The constable continued his association with the victim, ultimately leading to the horrifying crime.
The family's nightmare unfolded on December 29 when the lifeless body of the young nurse was discovered hanging from the ceiling of Singh's rented room in Belanganj area, falling under the jurisdiction of Chhatta police station. A case has been registered against the accused constable under sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code, and the SC/ST Act.
According to ACP RK Singh, the police swiftly responded to the family's complaint, leading to the arrest of Raghavendra Singh on Sunday. The post-mortem report confirmed the cause of death as hanging, shedding light on the brutality of the crime.
This shocking incident is not an isolated one in Uttar Pradesh, as recent cases have brought to light a disturbing trend within the state's police force. In Salempur, Deoria district, a retired inspector, Azhar Khan, faced charges of raping a woman for four years on the false promise of marriage. The victim bravely came forward, filing a complaint that prompted the police to take decisive action. Khan was arrested and is now in custody.
Adding to the grim narrative, a girl preparing for the UPSC exam in Lucknow accused ATS SP Rahul Srivastava of rape and abortion. Despite reporting the incident to higher officials two months ago, the victim alleges that no action has been taken. The ASP denies all allegations, and a woman IPS officer is leading the investigation.
These distressing cases highlight a deep-rooted issue within the Uttar Pradesh Police, prompting questions about the effectiveness of the law and order system in the state. The National Commission for Women's statistics reveal an alarming situation, with over half of the crimes against women in the country being reported in Uttar Pradesh. As these cases unfold, they cast a shadow over the integrity of the police force and raise concerns about the safety and security of women in the state.