ASI suspended for exploiting tribal woman

Baripada: An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of police was suspended today for allegedly exploiting a tribal woman sexually after promising to marry her in Mayurbhanj district, police said. ASI Subhendu Behera, posted at Hatabadada outpost under Rairangpur police station, was placed under suspension after the woman lodged a complaint with the police on Sunday accusing him of sexually abusing her since June 29, they said.

The 25-year-old woman from Jhanraposhi in Ghasipur area alleged that the ASI kept her in a hotel at Rairangpur after bringing her from her village on the promise of marriage, police said. Though both lived together at the hotel like husband and wife since June 29 and maintained sexual relations, the policeman refused to marry her, she alleged in the FIR. While the woman was sent for medical examination, efforts were on to trace the ASI who has been absconding, police said.