October 2000 News

Army captain sentenced to 7 yrs in prison for rape

4 October 2000
The Pioneer

Srinagar: A military court has found a captain in the army guilty of rape and sentenced him to seven years'' rigorous imprisonment, the army said here. Captain Ravinder Singh Tewatia, posted with the 12th Battalion of Rashtriya Rifles in Banihal district, was also dismissed from service as punishment for the crime that tainted the reputation of army units engaged in anti-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Tewatia raped a woman in Naugam village, about 100 km south of Srinagar, on February 14 this year. A statement by the army issued to the press disclosed details of the case in an apparent bid to highlight the speedy process of justice and its transparent functioning. The army had promised a probe after local police registered a case. A court martial then followed. Sources said a special police officer (SPO) - a civilian volunteer to the police force - was also involved in committing the crime along with the army officer. There was no mention of any action having been taken against the SPO.

 

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