Bidhan Barua accuses navy man of raping him

Jun 30, 2012, 06:05 IST | Akela

The 21-year-old youth has registered a complaint at Colaba police station stating that the Mumbai-based naval commando raped him on pretext of marriage

Bidhan Barua, the youngster who feels he is a woman trapped in a man’s body, has filed a complaint against a navy man accusing him of raping him on several occasions under false promise of marriage.

Parent trap: Bidhan Barua, who likes to be called Swati, had earlier filed a case against his parents for prohibiting him to undergo the sex change operation

According to sources within the police force, Bidhan approached the Colaba police last week, and lodged a complaint against Commando Kunal Malik. Following which, the police have registered a non-cognisable complaint against Malik.

“I have registered a complaint against Commando Malik. He raped me on the pretext of marriage,” said Barua, who likes to be addressed as Swati.

When contacted Shashikant Satav, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Colaba, said, “Let me check the matter.” Captain Manohar Nambiar, Chief PRO-Indian Defence, said, “I have heard about the allegation, but can’t confirm anything, as I am out of the city.”

Bidhan, who hails from Guwahati, Assam, as a teenager learnt that medical science could fulfil his dream of becoming a woman, after reading about it on the Internet.

After saving money for many years, he left Assam on March 31, this year, for Mumbai, where he stayed with his cousin Chiranjeev Barua.

Soon after getting a date for the operation at a hospital in the city, last month he approached the Bombay High Court after his parents didn’t give permission for his sex change. In his petition, Bidhan had urged the court to restrain his parents from prohibiting him to undergo the operation, following which the Bombay HC cleared the path for him to undergo a sex reassignment surgery.  

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