A police officer was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping a teenager when she went to tell police about a different gang rape she had suffered.
The 13-year-old girl and her parents met with senior police officers on Tuesday after she reported both incidents to members of a child helpline. The station house officer in India's Uttar Pradesh state who was accused of rape was suspended after the mother filed a complaint, according to the Indian Express.
“If police stations are not safe for women, where will they go for complaints?” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, an Indian politician, tweeted, according to a translation provided by the outlet.
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The girl's aunt and four neighbors were also arrested in connection to the incident.
The four men kidnapped the girl on April 22 and took her to Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, where they stayed for three days and raped her, according to the mother's complaint. The men left her at the Uttar Pradesh police station on April 26, and she was handed over to her aunt by the police, the complaint continued.
After police called the girl to the station the following day to record her statement, her aunt took her to the station house officer's room that evening, where he raped her, the complaint said. She was then taken to the childline team by police on Saturday, and she "narrated her ordeal," a senior officer said.
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Police are verifying the details of the mother's complaint, an official said.
The girl is in the custody of the Childline Welfare Committee.