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A woman accused of murder claims she was gang raped by five police officers while in custody.
The 20-year-old alleges the attacks took place over a period of 10 days in May this year in the town of Mangawan, Madhya Pradesh, India.
She made the claims when a district judge and a team of lawyers arrived at the prison on October 10.
The district judge has since ordered an inquiry, the Times of India reports.
The woman claims she was raped by the sub-divisional police officer, the police station in-charge, and three constables.
Officers say she was arrested on May 12, five days after a woman called Sudha Verma was murdered.
Advocate Satish Mishra, one of the legal team members, said: “She said all this in front of the four of us – additional district judge, law officer of the district legal aid authority and two lawyers, including me.
“When we asked why she hadn’t spoken up earlier, she said she had told the warden three months ago.
“Also, she pointed out, policemen had done this to her and there were policemen in jail too, so she was scared.
“She says the accused cops had threatened to implicate her father in the murder case.”
The warden admitted the woman had told her about the gang rape, but she did not believe her.
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A raft of demonstrations have taken place in India in protest at sexual violence against women.
One woman reported a rape every 15 minutes on average in the country in 2018, according to government data released in January.
Earlier this month, a disabled 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped and killed by her cousin – who dumped her body after decapitating her.
The child, who had a hearing and speech impairment, was discovered near the village of Dantiwada Taluka in India’s western Gujarat state on October 16.
After reviewing CCTV footage, police arrested the dead girl’s cousin, 25-year-old Nitin Mali, on suspicion of the murder.
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