Kolkata: Deaf and mute woman gang-raped, four held
Times of India | 24 November 2021
KOLKATA: Four men with speech and hearing impairment were arrested on Monday for allegedly raping a woman with similar disabilities over several days more than four months ago at Entally.
Cops and lawyers said they faced problems in communicating with the victim and the accused and sought the help of interpreters for the probe. That is why, it took longer time to arrest the accused, they said.
The four were produced in a Sealdah court on Tuesday and remanded in police custody till November 26. An investigating officer appealed before the court to deploy an interpreter for the probe.
The woman had first lodged the complaint in July against one of the accused, with whom she had a relationship for seven years. After she had walked out of the relationship that strained over the years, the man and his friends abused her.
Later, the woman alleged that she had been sexually abused by the man and his three friends against her wishes. Following a confessional statement before the magistrate at a Sealdah court last week, cops introduced rape charges against the accused.
“The investigation of this case is complicated as we have to seek the help of an interpreter for every step, be it recording the victim’s statement or questioning the accused,” said an officer.