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WOMEN-Rape and the Law

 WOMEN Rape and the Law P A Sebastian The incident took plate in a village police station in Nagpur district more than eight years ago. By the time the story begins, Mathura, then aged between 14 and 16, had developed a 'relationship' with Ashok, the cousin of Nushi at whose house she used to work, and had begun to live with him. On March 26, 1978, Gatna, Mathura's brother, lodged a report that Mathura, his sister, had been 'kidnapped' by Nushi, her husband, and Ashok. They were all brought to the police station at about 9 pm when their statements were recorded. When everyone started leaving the police station around 10.30 pm, Tukaram, the head constable and Ganpat a constable directed that Mathura remain at the police station. What happened thereafter is that she was first raped by Ganpat and, after him, by Tukaram, who however only molested her because he was too drunk to forcibly have sexual intercourse with Mathura.

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