GUWAHATI – In a horrific incident, three Muslim sisters have accused the Assam police of custodial torture, including being stripped, kicked and beaten with lathis, inside a police outpost in Darrang district. One of the victims, who was pregnant, lost her baby as she was allegedly kicked in her belly.
The women Minuwara Begum, Sanuwara and Rumela were picked up after a case was registered against their brother, a Muslim, for allegedly abducting a Hindu woman. However, the sisters said that his brother and the Hindu woman were involved in love affairs for years.
According to The Indian Express, Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia said the outpost in-charge sub-inspector Mahendra Sarma and a woman constable Binita Boro were suspended Tuesday and criminal cases registered against them. He has also asked for an inquiry into their allegations within a week.
The cases were registered days after one sister, on September 10, wrote a detailed account of the incident in a complaint to police saying Sarma and Boro “stripped us naked, assaulted us and touched our private parts”.
The three sisters, aged 28, 30 and 18, were picked up at around 1.30 am on September 9 during a raid led by SI Sarma. Police claim the women were detained for questioning because a case was registered against their brother for allegedly abducting a Hindu woman.