Deaf-mute woman alleges rape in MP

Indore, Aug 12 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/12/2018 11:44:39 AM IST

One more hearing-and-speech impaired tribal woman in Madhya Pradesh has lodged a police complaint against the director of a hostel in Bhopal for allegedly raping her after showing pornographic material to her.

A case was registered here last night against Ashwini Sharma, the hostel’s director, on the basis of the complaint filed by the 23-year-old woman, a native of Dhar district, Indore’s Hira Nagar police station in-charge Mahendra Singh Bhadauria said today.

The victim, in her complaint, has accused Sharma of raping her after showing pornographic material to her, the official said, but did not divulge any further details. The alleged incident occurred between December 2017 and February 2018, when the woman was staying in Sharma’s hostel in Bhopal for her studies, Bhadauria said. Based on her complaint, a case was registered under IPC sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offence) and the relevant provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The case diary was being transferred to the Bhopal Police for further investigation, Bhadauria said.

Sharma was arrested in Bhopal on August 8 after another 20-year-old deaf-and-mute woman lodged a police complaint, accusing him of repeatedly raping her during her stay in the hostel over the last three years.

So far, four FIRs have been lodged by the police on the basis of separate complaints from four deaf-and-mute women, including two sisters, accusing Sharma of sexually exploiting them.

The police had earlier said the accused used to run a hostel for hearing-and-speech impaired people in the Awadhpuri area of Bhopal.

Rape accused is RSS man, alleges Cong 

The opposition Congress has claimed that a director of a hostel, who has been arrested for allegedly raping a deaf and mute tribal girl and molesting two others, is an “activist of the RSS” and “enjoys the blessings” of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Ashwini Sharma, the director of a hostel for deaf and mute persons located in the Awadhpuri area of Bhopal, was arrested on Wednesday on the basis of a police complaint filed by an inmate, who accused him of repeatedly raping her during her stay in the hostel over the last three years.

Two more girls, who had previously stayed in the hostel, also filed a case of molestation against the accused on Thursday, following which the police slapped charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as well since one of them was a minor when the alleged incident took place in 2017. “Ashwini Sharma is an activist of the RSS and he enjoys Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s blessings,” Madhya Pradesh Congress’s chief spokesperson Shobha Oza said.

She also released a video, in which Sharma is seen standing close to Chouhan and touching the latter’s feet. Oza alleged that Sharma’s Facebook account was deleted to hide his connection with BJP leaders.

She accused Chouhan of “hypocrisy”, saying while the chief minister described himself as the “mama” (maternal uncle) of the girls of the state, he was blessing those accused of rape.

While the police had yesterday announced the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case, Oza said the Congress did not have “faith” in it.


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