A 19-year-old rape survivor was on Tuesday appointed as a constable in Rajasthan Police, ANI reported. This Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped by five men while they let her husband watch and later had him beaten up in Thanagaji area on April 26. One of the accused was also seen shooting a video of the heinous act and reportedly circulated it on social media.

“The order to appoint the victim as a police constable has been issued. She will soon get the appointment letter,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajeeva Swarup told PTI.

The Rajasthan government on Tuesday, 28 May,appointment her as a police constable.

The Class 12 student and her 21-year-old husband were traveling from Lalwadi to Taalvraksh on a bike on the day of the crime. They were stopped by five men (aged between 20-25 years) who took them to a deserted area. While the husband was allegedly assaulted and tied up, the woman was gang-raped by five men in turns in front of her husband in broad daylight. The couple was held captive for nearly three hours. The predators reportedly threatened the couple that they would make the video of the incident viral if they go to the police.

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The accused later looted the couple and when the miscreants demanded money again, the couple reported the matter to the police on 30 April. The SP took their statements but did not file an FIR. The SHO investigated the matter and then finally filed an FIR on 2 May. On 4 May, the video was made viral on all local WhatsApp groups by culprits. The husband again rushed to the SHO but was told to wait till the 6 May elections in the state get over, as till then there would not be enough police personnel there.

According to the family, a government reached out to them Saturday offering the post. They came to complete the paper work the same day. Speaking to The Quint, the survivor’s husband said, “We are happy that my wife has been appointed to the Rajasthan police but I hope they do not post her in Thanagazi. We will not be able to live here, forget about working. People will never look at us with dignity here.”

He wants to join the state police someday to eradicate the malpractices in the system, he added saying, “Don’t want anyone else to suffer like us because of police negligence. Want to improve the process.”

After the investigation, Police have arrested all six accused in the case.

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