A woman brought to the police station goes missing, and when found accuses a policeman of rape. All circumstantial evidence point to the guilt of the policeman and he is taken into judicial custody. Despite this, the investigating police officers take much interest in the woman’s ‘character’ as ‘dubious’, and her – who is both the victim and the witness – testimony is dismissed as unreliable. When the investigators of a violation of law are colleagues of the accused, then pursuit of justice is not a straightforward matter. While the prime accused is taken into judicial custody, the collective negligence of other police officials which allowed the rape to happen goes unquestioned.
Keywords: illegal detention, custody, police, rape, section 376 (2A) IPC, victim’s testimony