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Jun 28, 2007 at 09:56am IST

Jawans attempt rape, paraded naked

Bandipur: The Army is sending out a tough warning to its soldiers after two armymen were caught allegedly trying to rape a 17-year-old girl in Bandipur district.

Says general officer commanding of an Indian Army battalion, “The army has already ordered a court of enquiry and would like to assure that it will be a thorough enquiry, impartial and in case somebody has done a mistake, army would not condone this mistake. If it is proven that these people were at fault, we will take action, appropriate with the fault."

Villagers at the Kunan village claim the Rashtriya rifles soldiers dressed in civilian clothes, barged into the house of Mohammad Rafiq Khan, posing as terrorists.

They asked the family to let them spend the night in their house. When they were refused, the two men attacked the daughter of the house.

Angry villagers paraded the two soldiers naked through the streets, beating them, shaving their heads and even smearing dirt on their faces.

They staged a sit-in outside the local police station. Police had to use force to rescue the two soldiers from the protestors.

Several people including the victim's grandfather were injured in the police action.

Says the victim’s grandfather,” The jawans tied us up but what they did does not compare to the police's atrocities.”

A case has now been registered against the accused jawans, Balwant Singh and Joginder Singh. The village market downed shutters on Wednesday to protest the incident.

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