The Hush Post|12:10pm| 2-min-read
Delhi police have arrested a 19-year-old woman on charges of ‘raping’ another woman under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.This is the first such development in India, especially after the Supreme Court decriminalised same sex relations in September last year.
The victim alleged that the girl had tied an artificial male genitalia to her waist through a belt and then forcefully committed anal sex upon her.
The accused Shivani was produced before the Karkardooma Court. The police was granted a day to interrogate her. Thereafter, she was sent for judicial custody in Tihar jail.
The accused was arrested on the basis of her statement to the magistrate. She has been charged under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.
The case has been brewing up since October last year. However, the victim could not lodge a case against the accused as the police refused to file a case under Section 377. The police stated that a woman could not commit the crime of rape according to the IPC provision.
The chargesheet in the case was filed in December and the cross examination of the prosecutrix had taken place on January 18. The case is currently in the stage of examination of evidences.
Case history of the victim
According to News18, the victim had come to Delhi from a state in eastern India for work. She alleged that the accused girl raped her and subjected her to repeated sexual and physical assaults.
The victim was allegedly held hostage by the girl for over two months.
Her ordeal began in March 2018 when she quit her job in Gurugram to start her own business. She was required to get other partners to invest in an online clothing merchandise.
The victim underwent training session at Rajpura in Punjab for her private business. She was asked to cough up Rs 1.5 lakh as investment money, which was arranged by her father.
To search for partners, the victim was advised to approach people in railway stations, airports or bus stops and brief them about her business proposal.
During this process, she met Rohit, another accused, who told her that he worked for HCL and was ready to invest in her business.
The victim alleged that Rohit and another accused named Rahul, raped her and shot obscene videos to blackmail her.
“First, they forced me to have sex with them. Then it became a gang affair. Soon, I was sent to serve clients and the accused woman was always there in the apartment,” she told the police.
“She often tried to get close to me, and when I refused, she used to beat me,” said the victim.
Recounting the ordeal, the victim said Rohit and Rahul pinned her down on all fours on the bed while the accused woman “raped” her using a sex toy to “make her ready for anal sex for her customers”.
“The woman was not forced to do it. She was deriving pleasure out of it. I want to see her punished along with the other two,” the victim said.