A 35-year-old woman who was allegedly gang raped by four of her husband's "friends" in Kerala was reportedly asked by a local police officer, "Which one of them gave you the greatest pleasure?" The shocking details of the gang rape survivor's experience with local police after she tried to report the crime have prompted Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to swing into action. It is immediately unclear when the incident allegedly took place, and most of its details only became known after they were shared by Malayalam dubbing artist Bhagya Lakshmi on Facebook.
"I don't want a police case because we have been humiliated by the police. Far more than rape, the police threats and humiliation were unbearable," the woman said on Thursday in a press conference, where her face was covered to hide her identity.
According to Bhagya Lakshmi's Facebook post, four of the woman's husband's friends came to her Thrissur home while her husband was away, and told her he had been hospitalised. The woman, believing her husband's friends, went along with them in their car but they allegedly took her somewhere outside the city. One of them is believed to hold a high post in a political party.
She was so traumatised by the incident that she could only tell her husband the details of the incident much later, in August this year. They tried to file a police complaint, but were allegedly subjected to local cops' humiliating questions, following which she withdrew her complaint.
"It was good that Nirbhaya, Jisha and Soumya died or else they would have tortured them like the Suryanelli girl was with inappropriate questions for the last 16 years," the mother of two children told Bhagya Lakshmi, according to the artist's Facebook post.
Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor called it "Utterly disgraceful behaviour by Kerala Police". "Swift and stern action must be taken by DGP Kerala and Chief Minister," he tweeted.
You can watch the gang rape survivor addressing a press conference below:
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