In what has brought shame to the Indian Army, a serving Colonel, deputed at the Deolali military camp near Nashik was on Saturday arrested for allegedly raping a 22-year old mentally-challenged woman in the Sansari cantonment area where he lived, a police official said.

“The accused, Colonel Vinod Sahni, who was deputed in the depot department of the artillery centre in Deolali military camp, resided at the Sansari area, near the victim’s residence,” the police official said.
Sahni, who noticed that there was nobody at the victim’s home as her mother had also gone out somewhere, entered into the house and forced himself upon the woman on the evening of May 1. The incident was noticed by the victim’s mother on her return.

However, due to continuous conflict between the local police and the Army personnel in the recent past, it took time for the police to register an FIR against the accused.
“The FIR was filed late at night around 3 am,” an official said on condition of anonymity. “The Army colonel was arrested on Saturday morning. However, he was not produced before the court,” the official added.

Both the accused and the victim were sent to Nashik Civil Hospital for a medical examination and further investigations were on, police said.
Local media reports said Colonel Sahni’s arrest is the result of a conflict between the local police and the Army personnel in the area, which was on for the past two to three months.