A woman Air Force officer recently claimed her colleague of sexually assaulting her. At the Coimbatore Indian Air Force institute, she was raped at the time of training course, leading to the arrest of flight Lieutenant Amitesh Harmukh. On 25 September, the Coimbatore central all-woman police arrested Harmukh after accused lodged a complaint against him. Woman officer also said that she wasn’t conscious at the time of rape. Amitesh Harmukh is taken in police custody for seven days while the IAF has demanded that special court should transfer lieutenant to them for a court martial.
Woman officer has mentioned in her complaint that she was subjected to the two-finger test by IAF doctors that is already banned by Supreme Court. She said, all this made her “relive the trauma of the sexual assault”. She also said that, “Only later did I find that two-finger test was not supposed to be done for a rape examination. This action made me nauseous, and I had to relive the trauma,”
On Thursday, the National Commission for Women issued a statement regarding the IAF, saying, that it is “utterly disappointed and strongly condemns the action of Indian Air Force doctors conducting the banned two-finger test on the victim, thereby violating the Supreme Court’s decision and also violating the right to privacy and dignity of the victim.”
In Coimbatore’s Redfields the woman travelled to the Air Force Administrative College for training course. She filed an FIR when she was left traumatized with the action.
The woman said that she was injured during playing. Then she took some medicines and went to sleep. When she woke up she found that she was raped.
Police came into case when they were told that the accused wasn’t satisfied with air force handling her case.
Lawyer of accused told the police that,”The Coimbatore Police don’t have powers to arrest an Air Force officer.”
On Thursday, IAF issued a statement saying, “The IAF is cooperating with the police investigation and is also conducting an internal inquiry. We cannot comment any further as the matter is subjudice.”