Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of police posted at Digapahandi in Ganjam district is alleged to have sexually harassed a woman.

The 22-year-old woman along with her two-year-old child was rescued by the police from a building at Gosaninuagaon area of the city.

The woman alleged that the ASI had kept her and the child locked up in this house for two months.

Case filed

After getting rescued, the woman also filed a case against the ASI in the women’s police station in the city on Sunday. According to the in-charge of the Women’s Police Station, Jyotsna Kanhuri, investigation has started and strict action would be taken against the accused if the allegations were found to be true.

As per the FIR filed by the victim, she happened to be a resident of Balasore district. She had come over to the city around five years ago to study in a private professional institute.

During that period she had come in contact with the ASI and they had developed an affair. She added that they had got married at her village and a child was born two years ago. But she had found that the official was a married man. According to her when she pressed upon the ASI for proper marital rights, she was tortured.

She alleged that two months ago, the ASI had locked her and the child in the top floor of a three storied house at Gosaninuagaon area. This house did not have any power connection or water supply.

The ASI had told people of the area, including the house owner that the woman kept under lock and key was suffering from severe mental illness. Her hair was also cut up in irregular manner to prove she was mentally retarded. But on Saturday the wife of the house owner came in contact with locked up woman, who started to speak in English with her. Hearing the allegations, the woman preferred to inform the Berhampur Superintendent of Police (SP) about it.

The Berhampur SP initiated the rescue of the woman and her child from the locked house and gruesome details of mental and physical torture came to the fore.