Baranbanki: A 25-year-old woman constable allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh. Harassment by a senior official forced her to take the extreme step, a report claimed.

The suicide note recovered from the crime scene reveals that she was harassed by a senior police officer posted in the same police station as hers. Taking cognisance of the matter, the police launched a probe in the case on Sunday.

This is not the first time that such a case has come to light. Earlier this month, a woman head constable with Haryana Police had accused a man and his brother, who too is a head constable, of raping and blackmailing her. She alleged of being repeatedly raped during her posting in Faridabad, Jind and Palwal.

“The woman head constable has complained that she came in contact with the main accused Joginder alias Mintu of Alawalpur, Palwal in 2014. She had first met him in Mahendergarh,” Palwal SP Waseem Akram said while quoting the complaint lodged by the woman.

In another case that was reported from Assam in May, a policeman in Hajo was arrested and sent to judicial custody for allegedly raping a woman inside the police station. According to reports, police officer of Ramdia police station Binod Kumar Das raped the girl inside the police quarter.

“Based on FIR of woman one police officer has been arrested and sent to judicial custody,” a police official had said.

Reacting on the incident, Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi called for severe punishment for the accused policeman. He further advised the government to take serious note of psychological test of police officers during recruitment.

“A police officer whose responsibility is to protect women was himself involved in such a heinous crime. It is very unfortunate and most condemnable. Accused should be punished severely. Government should take serious note of psychological test during recruitment of police officers,” Gogoi had said.