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Indian police deny gang raping woman in station

Official says alleged victim's husband was arrested on weapons charges

Indian police deny gang raping woman in station

A recent series of rapes has led to angry street protests throughout India (file picture: gary yim/Shutterstock.com)

Ritu Sharma, New Delhi
India

June 12, 2014

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Police have denied gang raping a woman in a police station in Hamirpur district of Uttar Pradesh state.

A woman on Tuesday accused four police officials of raping her when she had gone to the station to seek the reason of her husband's arrest.

The woman alleged that police demanded a bribe from her to secure the release of her husband.

She said she waited in the police station for 20 minutes, then police officials came in and raped her for two hours.

"No such incident happened in the police station. The woman herself told the police that she was not raped," Birendra Kumar Shekhar, police superintendent, told ucanews.com today.

He said the woman has falsely accused the policemen as her husband was in jail.

Shekhar said that no arrests have been made since there was no rape. This contradicted earlier media reports that a sub-inspector has been arrested in connection with the incident and the other three officials are at large.

However, the police official said that they are investigating other aspects of the case regarding a bribe allegedly being demanded by police officials from the woman.

The woman's husband was arrested on June 9 for possessing an illegal gun.

The incident came to light days after two sisters were gang raped and hanged in Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh. The incident sparked international condemnation, from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon among others.

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