New Delhi, Aug 12: More gut-wrenching details have emerged after a fourth woman came forward and accused the director of a private hostel in Bhopal of keeping her captive and raping her on several occasions for six months. The Bhopal hostel rape case came to light last week when a 19-year-old speech and hearing impaired girl filed a complaint with the police.

Soon after, two more girls came forward and accused the director of the hostel of raping and harassing them. Director Ashwini Sharma was arrested on Wednesday under sections 376 (rape), 354 (outraging modesty), 344 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The fourth victim of the Bhopal hostel rape case told the police that she was kept in custody and forced to watch porn. “I was kept in custody, made to watch porn films and was raped for six months,” she said. She also alleged that she was beaten up mercilessly when she refused to obey his demands.

“I am in touch with the Indore police and asked them to register a case and forward the case diary to Bhopal police for further investigation,” Dharmendra Choudhary, a senior police officer in Bhopal, said.

Hira Nagar Police Inspector Mahendra Singh Bhadoria said the incident happened when the sisters stayed at Sharma’s house-cum-hostel last year while they were pursuing a course at Bhopal’s Industrial Training Institute. Following the complaints, the Bhopal Police formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case while the state government announced that a monthly inspection would be carried out at women’s hostels in the state.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan issued directions to his officials to take steps to ensure that such incidents did not occur again. “I have held a meeting with officials and directed them to conduct monthly inspections of such (state) aided and unaided facilities where girls are residing,” he told reporters at his residence.