Patna, September 25
A Dalit woman was allegedly stripped, assaulted and urinated on her mouth by a moneylender and his associates in Bihar's Patna district apparently for complaining to the police about his “unjustified” demand for more money even after repayment of the debt, an officer said on Monday.
The key accused, Pramod Singh and his son Anshu Singh, are absconding, a police officer said, adding that a manhunt had been launched to arrest them.
The injured victim, who is under treatment in a hospital, claimed that she had to bear this torture despite paying off the borrowed money with interest.
“My husband had borrowed Rs 1,500 from Pramod Singh a few months ago and had returned the money with interest. However, he continued to seek more money. We rejected the demand,” the woman said.
The incident occurred at a village under the jurisdiction of Khusrupur police station in Patna on Saturday night.
Pramod Singh allegedly threatened the victim over phone, saying they would parade her naked in the village if she didn't give him more money. She complained to the police.
A family member of the victim told reporters: “A police team visited the village on Saturday to inquire about the complaint, which apparently angered Pramod and his associates. They went to her house at around 10 pm on Saturday and forcibly took her to Pramod's house.”
There, she was allegedly disrobed and beaten up with fists and sticks.
“Pramod asked his son to urinate on my face. He did so. After that, I somehow managed to escape and returned home,” the woman said in a statement to the police.
Talking to PTI on Monday, Patna SSP Rajeev Mishra said a manhunt had been launched to arrest the absconding accused.
“We have formed five police teams and searches are being conducted. A case has been registered,” Mishra said.
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