Dismissed Sub-Inspector acquitted of Rape charge
Accusations of any kind have a negative effect on the accused; some may even lose their job over slurs. Police officers don’t have the best reputation but it doesn’t mean that all police officers are a disgrace. Peer pressure affects everyone; society definitely moulds a person’s personality. In every aspect of every level of society there are people who refuse to merge with corruption and want change in the country for the better and not for the worse.
A Mumbai-based model e-transferred 12 lakh as help for getting a role in a Punjabi Film and that promise was undelivered; the model came to Chandigarh to file a fraud case against a Dhanas man. Sub-Inspector Naveen Phogat, from the cyber crime unit was assigned to the model’s fraud case but on October 2018, the SI Phogat was dismissed for being charged with Section 376 (Rape) and Section 506 (Criminal Intimidation) of the IPC (Indian Penal Code).
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News Article States:
Sub-Inspector Naveem Phogat was acquitted after the 25 year old Model alleged that on June 12, 2018, SI Phogat was accompanying her for completing documentation and offered to drop her off at her hotel in the evening. SI Phogat asked to use her washroom, entered her room and threatened to circulate objectionable pictures and videos of her on social media. Allegedly, that is when he raped her. Phogat’s counsel argued that he was being framed by three senior officers who took a bribe to benefit persons out of a Bitcoin matter they were accused in.
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Legal Stand Point:
If the Sub-Inspector was acquitted due to lack of evidence then the Sub-Inspector should be entitled to counter sue the model; forcing her to come clean to see if the three senior officials colluded with her to falsely implicate SI Naveen Phogat. If the acquittal happened because it was found that the model had consented, it still did not give her to file a rape case. Either way, the fraud case the model has filed will become tainted her credibility was staked in the false rape allegations; on a police officer who was helping her nonetheless.
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Police officers’ duty is always to protect and serve the people; no officers want to be attacked from people that they were helping in an investigation. It really throws a wrench into the gears of the mind of the officers and their questions regarding why they should help people. The Sub-Inspector’s reputation was restored but after major mental agony and harassment.
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