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The Judicial Magistrate Court agreed to hand over the accused in the alleged rape of a woman IAF officer.

On Thursday, September 30, The Judicial Magistrate Court in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu agreed to the appeal of the Indian Air Force to hand over the accused in the alleged rape of a woman IAF officer. The case was brought to the public's notice when the complainant filed a report to the police and consequent arrest of the alleged IAF officer Amitesh. In her FIR, the complainant gives a detailed account of what happened on the night of assault as well as of the callous treatment and harassment she received from the authorities who she tried to reach out for help, she adds that she was even subjected to the banned two-finger test during the medical examination.

The survivor told the police that she was sexually assaulted by her colleague Amitesh Harmukh on the September 10th, she explained that she had sustained an injury on the evening of September 9th for which she was given some painkillers, later that evening she and her peers went to the Officers' Mess bar, where she had two drinks, one of which Amitesh had allegedly insisted on paying for. She felt nauseous and her coursemates took her to her room and put her to bed. She reports that later she remembers being woken up by the accused lieutenant, who had entered her room non-consensually; however, she told him she wanted to sleep and asked him to leave. Upon waking up the next morning, she was questioned by her friends and with the physical evidence, she discovered that she had been raped while unconscious.

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