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'Policeman raped me at gunpoint, cops are not taking any action'

An internal departmental inquiry has been initiated against a senior inspector for allegedly raping a woman who is now 42 years old and threatening her for the past several years. The accused cop, Ravindra Jaisingh Medhsingh, is currently posted at Naigaon Local Arms Unit in the city. The woman fears for her and her family’s safety as the inspector has threatened to kill her 19-year-old son and husband.


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The event dates back to 2002, when the woman was living with her husband and son at Dahisar. One day, the couple had a fight and she went to Dahisar police station to file a complaint against him. At the time she reached the station, Medhsingh, who was then a sub-inspector, was the duty officer. He registered a non-cognisable complaint and asked for her mobile number, but she did not have one, so she gave her landline phone number. “Over the next few days, he would call me and ask about the fights,” she said. “Everything was fine, but the next year, I again had a terrible fight with my husband.

I called up Medhsingh who called us to the Dahisar Crime Branch office, which is next to the police station.”¬†Once the couple arrived at the station, Medhsingh asked the woman to go home, but told her husband to stay. The cop allegedly bashed him up badly and then called up the woman, saying, “See, I have done a favour for you, this is all just for you.”

The same year in October, Medhsingh called her to his office. “He was alone in his chamber. He told me he loved me and asked me to have an affair with him. I was so scared by the incident that I told him to stop, and ran to my home,” she said. The following year, in 2004, Medhsingh called her and told her that her husband was spotted with bar girls in Dadar when she had gone to her hometown in Rajasthan. The cop allegedly even bribed the woman’s maidservant to back up his lie. The maid told her that her husband would bring women home when she was not present.

The crime
One day, Medhsingh called her to Worli and when it was time for her to go home, he told her he’d drop her home. But, he took her to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivli. “In the forest, he got his revolver out and, pointing it at me, raped me. He said if I went to the cops, he’d spread the news among all my family members and kin that I was the one who was having an illicit affair with him,” she said. So she kept mum. In November 2012, however, he showed up at her house one day. “He told my husband that he’d had physical relations with me for the last several years, that I was characterless. This was completely false. He then told me that if I didn’t continue sleeping with him, he’d harm my son and husband,” she said.

“My husband and I went to Dahisar police station but only an NC was registered. I wrote to the police commissioner, the additional commissioner, the DCP. For the last one year, I have been going to various police officers and stations. But nothing has been done. A police officer told me that the case would not go further because the public image of the Mumbai police was at risk. I am so frightened and helpless. A policeman has raped me and the police are not taking any action. I fear for my life and that of husband and son, who is only 19. Medhsingh is still threatening us. I need justice and immediate action against Medhsingh.

The cop says
When contacted, the accused, Senior Inspector Medhsingh, said, “All the allegations are baseless. I met this woman in the late ’90s while I was posted at Dahisar police station. She had some complaints against her husband. After that, I was not in touch with her. She and her husband have filed a writ petition in court, and since the court has not responded in their favour, they are now filing complaints with other departments as well.”¬†

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