Two Surrendered Women Naxals Allege Rape by Senior Cadres

Two Surrendered Women Naxals Allege Rape by Senior Cadres

Two women Naxals, who surrendered in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, have alleged that they were raped by Maoist leaders of their squads in forest camps.

"The victims are among the 40 rebels who turned themselves in before senior police and administrative officials at Jagdalpur district headquarters yesterday," Bastar Superintendent of Police RN Dash told PTI.

A 25-year-old woman rebel from Mudenar village in Bastar alleged that she was repeatedly sexually exploited by the Maoists' "Katekalyan Local Organisation Squad commander", he said.

The victim, who was associated with the outlawed outfit for past three years, is pregnant after the rape, the SP said.

Besides, another young woman of similar age from Kodenar village has alleged that she was raped several times by in-charge of Barsoor area committee of Maoists and his associate, he said.

The two women said in their complaints that they used to be given anti-pregnancy injections and other related tablets for sexual exploitation, he said.

The accused in both the cases have booked under section 376 (rape) and other relevant sections of IPC, besides Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, he said.

After registering the complaints at Jagdalpur's Kotwali police station, the medical examination of the women was done and the cases were forwarded to the concerned police stations for further action, he said.

The victims said in their statements that they were fed up of continuous exploitation by senior colleagues following which they decided to quit the banned movement and lead a normal life, he added.

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