Did Bengaluru ACP misbehave with a sexual harassment victim?

A probe has been initiated and DCP (North) Chethan Singh Rathore said that both sides will be heard to ascertain the facts

Our social media is so cluttered with reports of police committing atrocities on innocent people that we mindlessly scroll down without even giving them a glance. But when a senior police officer is accused of harassment, the news just can’t be ignored. A woman, who is the office-holder of a trust, has accused an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and a police officer of sexually harassing her when she approached them to lodge a complaint of harassment.

The case
According to a report by the Hindu, on September 17, two men – Hanumanthappa and Ravi – allegedly barged into the woman’s residence at Hessarghatta and sexually assaulted her over a dispute involving a local trust. She was admitted to KC General Hospital where the Soledevanahalli Police took her statement. However, no case was filed.

As the threats increased, she approached the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (North) on November 15, who directed her to the ACP. She met ACP Ravi Prasad on November 18 after waiting for nearly three days.

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The allegation
The woman has alleged that ACP Prasad sexually harassed her. In her complaint, the woman has alleged that the ACP asked her to show him where she was inappropriately touched. Furthermore, she has also alleged that a senior policeman at Soledevanahalli police station harassed her claiming that she wasn’t cooperating in the investigation.

However, the ACP has completely dismissed the allegations.

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What’s happening now
An inquiry has been initiated by DCP (North) Chetan Singh Rathore against ACP Ravi Prasad P and the police officer of Soledevanahalli Police Station. He said that both sides will be heard to ascertain the facts.